Kant on Citizenship and Universal Independence

  title={Kant on Citizenship and Universal Independence},
  author={Jacob Weinrib},
Kant’s political philosophy draws a distinction between ‘passive’ citizens who are merely protected by the law and ‘active’ citizens who may also contribute to it. Although the distinction between passive and active citizens is often dismissed by scholars as an ‘illiberal and undemocratic’ relic of eighteenth century prejudice, the distinction is found in every democracy that distinguishes between mere inhabitants - such as tourists and guest workers - and enfranchised citizens. The purpose of… CONTINUE READING