The Kantian case against democracy

Alon Harel*

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Contrary to what Cordelli argues, the relationship between Kantian legitimacy and democratic decision-making is contingent rather than necessary. This paper counters the connection between Kantian legitimacy and democracy in three ways: by arguing that democratic authorization is (i) not necessary, (ii) not sufficient, and indeed may be (iii) detrimental to, legitimate governance.

Original languageAmerican English
Pages (from-to)243-250
Number of pages8
JournalCritical Review of International Social and Political Philosophy
Issue number2
StatePublished - 2023

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  • Kant
  • democracy
  • legitimacy
  • representation


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