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Politics: politics is a comprehensive expression for the public negotiation and establishment of orders which should be valid for a community or society. See also power, society, history.

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Annotation: The above characterizations of concepts are neither definitions nor exhausting presentations of problems related to them. Instead, they are intended to give a short introduction to the contributions below. – Lexicon of Arguments.

 
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Höffe I 317
Politics/Kant/Höffe: In the two-part "appendix" to the peace treatise on "Morals and Politics", politics is defined as an "exercising doctrine of law", i.e. the application of legal-moral principles to changing historical situations. [There are] three guiding principles of Machiavellian provenance:
1) Fac et excusa. Seize the opportunity (...).
2) Si fecisti, nega. (...) deny what you yourself have done wrong (...).
3) Divide et impera.
Höffe: On the part of politics, Kant recognizes the principle of being as smart as snakes. But in order to escape an "immoral doctrine of wisdom," it must be restricted by morality (...).
Höfe I 318
Whoever works toward the kingdom of justice demanded by pure legal reason, "the benefit of eternal peace" will of its own accord come to him/her.


1. Kant, Zum ewigen Frieden, 1795


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Explanation of symbols: Roman numerals indicate the source, arabic numerals indicate the page number. The corresponding books are indicated on the right hand side. ((s)…): Comment by the sender of the contribution.
The note [Author1]Vs[Author2] or [Author]Vs[term] is an addition from the Dictionary of Arguments. If a German edition is specified, the page numbers refer to this edition.
I. Kant
I Günter Schulte Kant Einführung (Campus) Frankfurt 1994
Externe Quellen. ZEIT-Artikel 11/02 (Ludger Heidbrink über Rawls)
Volker Gerhard "Die Frucht der Freiheit" Plädoyer für die Stammzellforschung ZEIT 27.11.03
Höffe I
Otfried Höffe
Geschichte des politischen Denkens München 2016


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