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    Can Kant’s Formula of the End in Itself Condemn Capitalism?James Furner - 2019 - Kantian Review 24 (1):1-25.
    Kantian socialists at the turn of the twentieth century, as well as contemporary authors seeking a principle with which to condemn capitalism, have turned to Kant’s Formula of the End in Itself. This article assesses the arguments from FEI against capitalism from the perspective of the issues that arise in interpreting and applying Kant’s formula. There are various strategies with which a Kantian might use FEI to condemn conduct that Kant did not use FEI to condemn. The article asks whether (...)
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    Kant's Contradiction in the Will Test: An Extravagant Imperfect Nature Interpretation.James Furner - 2017 - Philosophical Forum 48 (3):307-323.
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    Tacit Consent Without Political Obligation.James Furner - 2010 - Theoria: A Journal of Social and Political Theory 57 (124):54-85.
    'Tacit consent' has long interested historians of political thought and political philosophers, but its nuances nevertheless remain unappreciated. It has its roots in the Roman law concept of a 'tacit declaration of will'. Explicating this concept allows a new conception of tacit consent to be proposed, which I term the 'tacit declaration of consent'. The tacit declaration of consent avoids both the triviality of common sense views and a weakness in Hobbes' account. Unlike other contemporary philosophical accounts, it avoids fictions (...)
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    Marx with Kant on exploitation.James Furner - 2015 - Contemporary Political Theory 14 (1):23-44.
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    Kant’s Contradiction in Conception Test.James Furner - 2017 - Theoria 64 (152):1-23.
    The contradiction in conception test is one of two tests posed by Kant’s Formula of the Law of Nature. This article proposes a new interpretation of this test: a causal-teleological version of the Logical Contradiction Interpretation. Its distinctive feature is that it identifies causal and teleological implications in the thought of a universal law of nature. A causal-teleological version of LCI has two advantages. While the established view of the Groundwork’s applications of the CC test is a hybrid view that (...)
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    Marx’s sketch of communist society in The German Ideology and the problems of occupational confinement and occupational identity.James Furner - 2011 - Philosophy and Social Criticism 37 (2):189-215.
    The sketch of communist society in The German Ideology is often dismissed for lacking seriousness or coherence. Thorough philological, contextual and philosophical inquiry reveals otherwise. The final version of the sketch enjoys a systematic place within Marx’s thought, as a description of activity in developed communism, and advances a provocative thesis of the negation of vocation. This thesis is composed of two distinct claims: occupational confinement is abolished, and occupational identities disappear. These claims recommend communist society on grounds of autonomy (...)
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    Carl Schmitt’s ‘Hegel and Marx’.James Furner - 2014 - Historical Materialism 22 (3-4):371-387.
    Carl Schmitt’s radio broadcast ‘Hegel and Marx’, aired on 13 November 1931, and newly translated here, recapitulates the account of Marxism that Schmitt started to develop in the 1920s. Beginning from Schmitt’s early theory of adjudication inLaw and Judgement, the concepts of decision, representation and the friend/enemy distinction are analysed, connected, and shown to structure Schmitt’s critique of Marxism, both in the broadcast, and in his other writings during this period. Some concluding remarks are offered on the substantive issues Schmitt’s (...)
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    Rescuing Autonomy From Kant: A Marxist Critique of Kant's Ethics.James Furner - 2023
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    Kant's Argument for the Formula of the End in Itself.James Furner - 2017 - Idealistic Studies 47 (3):171-189.
    One approach to Kant’s argument for the Formula of the End in Itself takes Kant to ground FEI as a possible categorical imperative with a regressive argument that rests on a non-moral conception of rational nature. This paper presents a new, logical pluralism version of this approach. In conjunction with three other steps of argument, the logical pluralism version of the regressive argument grounds FEI by showing that an agent is rationally required to adopt a self-affirming plural standpoint, and thus (...)
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    Schütz and Marx on Action.James Furner - 2011 - South African Journal of Philosophy 30 (2):109-121.
    Alfred Schütz’s investigation of the temporal structure of consciousness in The Phenomenology of the Social World leads him to conceive action as antecedently projected behaviour. Schütz presents his conception of action as resolving a problem in Weber’s discussion of meaningful behaviour in the opening pages of Economy and Society. It serves that aim well, but also has independent value. The antecedently projected form of action necessitates a biographical conception of human agency. Schütz’s conception of action thus reinstates the biographical nature (...)
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    The Principle of Suitability Interpretation of Kant's Formula of the Law of Nature.James Furner - 2019 - Theoria 66 (161):25-36.
    In two recent articles I offered a solution to an old problem in Kant’s account of the categorical imperative, that of finding a unitary interpretation of all four of the Groundwork’s applications of the Formula of the Law of Nature. In this article I bring out the unity of this solution and defend the principle of suitability interpretation of FLN from objections raised by Samuel Kahn.
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    Marx's Critique of Samuel Bailey.James Furner - 2004 - Historical Materialism 12 (2):89-110.
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