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A Kantian Argument For Sovereignty Rights Of Indigenous Peoples, Krista Karbowski Thomason Jan 2014

A Kantian Argument For Sovereignty Rights Of Indigenous Peoples, Krista Karbowski Thomason

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Kant’s non-voluntarist conception of political obligation has led some philosophers to argue that he would reject self-government rights for indigenous peoples. Some recent scholarship suggests, however, that Kant’s critique of colonialism provides an argument in favor of granting self-government rights. Here I argue for a stronger conclusion: Kantian political theory not only can but must include sovereignty for indigenous peoples. Normally these rights are considered redress for historic injustice. On a Kantian view, however, I argue that they are not remedial. Sovereignty rights are a necessary part of establishing perpetual peace. By failing to acknowledge the sovereignty of ...