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Social Philosophy Today

Volume 19, 2003

Environmental Philosophy as Social Philosophy

E. E. Flynn
Pages 137-154

Living Right
Need and Punishment in Kant and Hegel

In this essay I contrast Kant and Hegel on the so-called right of necessity, or distress. The contrast is significant because it summarizes succinctly the difference between their respective philosophies of right. Furthermore, I take the difference to indicate what in Hegel’s philosophy of right makes it preferable to Kant’s. In sum, the issue between the two is whether or not the concept of justice is determined in part by what I term in the paper the vicissitudes of making a worthwhile living.

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