Universiteit Antwerpen

Graduate Seminars on Kant's Legal and Political Philosophy, February 21st-22nd / May 2nd-3rd 2013

Professors Peter Niesen (Technische Universität Darmstadt) and Katrin Flikschuh (LSE Department of Government) will deliver a series of graduate classes on Kant's legal and political philosophy scheduled for the upcoming spring semester on February 21 and 22 and May 2 and 3 respectively.

Graduate and Postgraduate researchers interested in attending these seminars are kindly requested to contact no later than February 19th Triantafyllos Gkouvas (triantafyllos.gkouvas@uantwerpen.be) with their institutional affiliation details. A list of required and recommended literature will accompany the announcement of both events. Reading materials will be electronically pre-circulated to confirmed participants.

The classes are offered as part of the Antwerp-based training programme of the Doctoral Programme in Globalisation and Legal Theory (www.uantwerpen.be/GLT).

Short Biographies

Prof. Katrin Flikschuh

Katrin Flikschuh is Professor of Political Theory at the LSE Department of Government. She received a BA in Government from the University of Essex, an MSc in African Politics from the School of Oriental and African Studies, and a PhD in Philosophy from the University of Essex. Her research interests include Immanuel Kant's political philosophy, metaphysics and meta-level justification in contemporary political philosophy, global justice and cosmopolitanism and the history of modern political thought. She has experience of human rights work in the non-governmental sector and has travelled extensively in West Africa. Before joining the LSE Government Department in 2003, she was a lecturer in philosophy at the University of Essex. She has held lectureships in philosophy at the University of Bristol and in politics at the University of Manchester. During 2012/13 Katrin Flikschuh is Senior Research Fellow at the Justitia Amplificata Project, Goethe University Frankfurt, to work on a book entitled 'Kant contra Cosmopolitanism: Assessing the Global Justice Debate' (forthcoming with CUP).'

Her latest book publication is entitled Kant and Modern Political Philosophy, Cambridge University Press 2000 – paperback edition 2008.

Her most recent article publications include 'Personal autonomy and public authority' in Sensen, Oliver, (ed.) Kant on moral autonomy, Cambridge University Press, Cambridge, UK, (2012) pp. 169-190, 'The Idea of Philosophical Fieldwork: Global Justice, Moral Ignorance, and Intellectual Attitudes' in (2012) Journal of Political Philosophy, doi: 10.1111/jopp.12006 and 'Elusive unity: The General Will in Hobbes and Kant' in Hobbes studies (2012) 25 (1): 21-42.

Academic webpage: http://www2.lse.ac.uk/government/whosWho/profiles/kaflikschuh@lseacuk/Home.aspx

Prof. Peter Niesen

Professor Niesen is Professor of Political Science at TU Darmstadt. His research area lies at the intersection of political theory, political philosophy and the history of ideas. Professor Niesen’s academic path has been marked with distinction. He was a Visiting Senior Lecturer at University of Southampton (2000), a  Visiting Affiliate with the Bentham Project (University College London, 2006 and 2009), a tenure-track Professor of Political Theory and History of Ideas at Goethe University Frankfurt (2005-2006), a Visiting Professor at the University of Iceland (2007) and a Visiting Fellow at the Center for European Studies, Harvard University (2010). Peter Niesen holds a Ph.D. in Philosophy from Goethe University Frankfurt and in 2005 he obtained the status of Privatdozent in political science with a habilitation thesis entitled 'From the Principle of Utiility to Democracy: Jeremy Betham's contribution to the theory of Radical Democratic Constitutionalism' (Vom Nutzenprinzip zur Demokratie: Jeremy Benthams Beitrag zur Theorie des radikaldemokratischen Verfassungsstaats). Since October  2007 he is Principal Investigator in the in the 243 "Formation of normative Orders" Cluster of Excellence (Goethe University Frankfurt).

His most recent book publication is an edited collection of essays entitled "Transnationale Gerechtigkeit und Demokratie" (Transnational Justice and Democracy), Vol. 6, Frankfurt am Main/New York: Campus (November 2012), in the series of the Cluster of Excellence "Die Herausbildung normativer Ordnungen" (The Formation of Normative Orders).

Among his recent article publications are: 'Banning the Former Ruling Party' in Constellations (2012) 19(4): 540-61, 'Legitimacy without Morality. Habermas and Maus on the Relationship between Law and Morality' in C. Ungureanu/C. Joerges/K. Günther (Eds.), Jürgen Habermas, Avebury: Ashgate 2011, Vol. I, 123-146 and 'Two Kinds of Transnational Democracy: Comment on William E. Scheuerman' in R. Forst, R. Schmalz-Bruns (Eds.), Political Legitimacy and Democracy in Transnational Perspective, Oslo: Recon Report 2011.

Academic webpage: http://www.politikwissenschaft.tu-darmstadt.de/index.php?id=1818


First Graduate Seminar: Peter Niesen, Feb 21-22, 2013

Master Class "Kant on International and Cosmopolitan Law", Centre for Law and Cosmopolitan   Values  (University of Antwerp)

In recent decades, the development of international law has found much inspiration in Kant scholarship. Discussions on the reform of international institutions, human rights, humanitarian intervention, post-conflict constitution-making and just warfare have often clustered around interpretations of Kant's late writings on international politics and law, Toward Perpetual Peace (1795) and The Doctrine of Right (pt. I of The Metaphysics of Morals, 1797). One innovation commentators have found particularly attractive is the notion of cosmopolitan law, introduced in the 1795 essay, that for the first time conceives of individuals as rights-holders in international law. However, it is controversial how cosmopolitan and international (i.e. inter-state) law relate to each other, and what a "cosmopolitan transformation" (Habermas) of international law could look like. The class will focus on two problems, on the problem of restoration in just war theory and one about the form a cosmopolitan (as opposed to merely international) order should look like.

Thursday, 21 February, 2 – 4 p.m.: room M.104 (De Meerminne building, Sint-Jacobstraat 2)
1. Restorative Justice: A Problem in Kantian International Law

Friday, 22 February, 2 – 4 p.m.: room C.207 (Building C, Prinsstraat 13)
2. Kantian Cosmopolitanism: Global Order or Domestic Reform?

Friday, 22 February, 4 – 6 p.m.
Supervision of individual projects: Professor Niesen has kindly accepted to hold a number of consultation sessions with any researcher who wishes to discuss their topic with him



Required Readings:
• Doctrine of Right, sections on International and Cosmopolitan Law, §§ 53 – 62 (Academy Edition vol. VI, 343 – 353) (for Thursday)
• Toward Perpetual Peace, sections I and II (6 Preliminary Articles, 3 Definitive Articles) (Academy Edition vol. VIII, 343 – 360) (for Friday)

For the primary text in its original German version, use:
• Immanuel Kant, Zum ewigen Frieden und Auszüge aus der Rechtslehre, Berlin: Suhrkamp Studienbibliothek 2011 (with an extensive commentary by Oliver Eberl and Peter Niesen)

For the primary text in English, use:
• Immanuel Kant, Practical Philosophy. Transl. and ed. by Mary Gregor. Cambridge: CUP 1998. (Contains Toward Perpetual Peace and the International and Cosmopolitan Law passages of the Doctrine of Right)
• Alternatively
Immanuel Kant, Toward Perpetual Peace and Other Writings on Politics, Peace, and History. Ed. by Pauline Kleingeld, transl. by David L. Colclasure. New Haven: Yale UP 2006.

Recommended Readings:
• Peter Niesen, Colonialism and Hospitality, Politics and Ethics Review 2007
• Peter Niesen, Restorative Justice in International and Cosmopolitan Law, MS 2013.
• Jürgen Habermas, Does the Constitutionalisation of International Law Still Have a Chance? in Habermas, The Divided West, Malden: Polity 2006, 115-179.


Second Graduate Seminar: Katrin Flikschuh, May 2-3, 2013

Professor Flikschuh will hold two consecutive master classes on May 2nd and 3rd respectively.

Thursday, May 2nd, "What Is Innate Right?"

room D015 (Grote Kauwenberg 18): 15:00-17:00

What does it mean to have an “innate right to freedom”? Is the innate right to freedom a natural right? Is it the role of the state to protect individual rights to freedom?


Required Readings:

1. Kant, Metaphysics of Morals, Part 1: Doctrine of Right: Introduction (6:229-241) and Private Right, Ch. 1 (6:245-253). The text to be used is Mary Gregor's edition (CUP 1996 and reprints).

Recommended Readings:

1. Arthur Ripstein, Force and Freedom (Harvard 2009): Chapter 2 'The Innate right of Humanity', 30-56.

2. Sh. Byrd and J. Hruschka, Kant's Doctrine of Right: A Commentary (CUP 2010), Chapter 3: 'The Right to Freedom', 77-93

Friday, May 3rd, "What is Orientation in Global Thinking?"

room D015 (Grote Kauwenberg 18): 11:00-13:00

The pivotal quesion of this seminar is about the relevance of Kant's thought to current global justice debates. The main idea is that this question transcends the domain of substantive inquiry as it presupposes a certain way of philosophical thinking.


Required Readings:

Draft of the first chapter of Prof. Flikschuh's forthcoming 'Kant contra Cosmopolitanism: Assessing the Global Justice Debate' (forthcoming with CUP). Attachment link will be uploaded soon.