The Metaphysical Elements of Justice
by Immanuel Kant

The genius turns legalist and maintains that we have an absolute duty to obey all legal statutes. The state, it turns out, is a categorical imperative (a necessary idea of the mind like time or space). Our very existence depends on the state.

Despite the obvious question begging of his politics and the stupidity and arbitrary character of many of his arguments, he still manages to say something brilliant every so often. A provocative book.

Year Read: 1973


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