The Incentive of Honor in the Doctrine of Right
In the Doctrine of Right, Kant claims that there are two crimes that deserve death, but that “it still
remains rather doubtful whether legislation is...authorised to impose the death penalty” (6:335).
These are infanticide and killing someone in a duel. According to Kant, these crimes are motivated
by the feeling of honour. One significant problem arises for Kant given this claim. It indicates that
Kant’s account of punishment is inconsistent with his solution to the problem of assurance that
plagues the state of nature. This paper addresses that problem.