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8th Edition of the Multilateral Kant Colloquium - Luke J Davies

Abstract: 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). 49 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.