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Perfect and imperfect rights, duties and obligations: from Hugo Grotius to Immanuel Kant

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In this doctoral thesis, Kant's distinction between perfect and imperfect duties is examined. The thesis begins with an exploration of how the distinction originates and evolves in the writings of three of Kant's most prominent natural law predecessors: Hugo Grotius, Samuel von Pufendorf, and Christian Wolff. The thesis then moves on to Kant's own writings. It is argued that Kant draws the perfect-imperfect distinction in as many as twelve different ways, that these ways are not entirely cons...

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University of Oxford
Division:
HUMS
Department:
Philosophy Faculty
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HUMS
Department:
Philosophy Faculty
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Division:
HUMS
Department:
Philosophy Faculty
Role:
Supervisor
Publication date:
2014
Type of award:
DPhil
Level of award:
Doctoral
Awarding institution:
University of Oxford

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