Kant on the state

"Man in the State... has totally abandoned his wild lawless freedom in order to find his entire freedom again undiminished in a lawful dependence... because this dependence springs from his own legislative will." -- Immanuel Kant, Philosophy of Right


  1. Law is necessary for freedom. That is a position I'm in full concurrence with. Kant's argument for government is rather interesting: the state is necessary for making property rights "solid" (my wording for "official"). No state = no possibility of property rights. The state of nature represents mere possession and society with a state enables ownership. It's similar to what you've been saying with regards to civil society and property and presupposition of authority. You seen his argument for property?

  2. I have not, but it sounds much like Rousseau's... Which is not surprising, as Kant credits Rousseau as a major influence.