International Conference “„No Right of Sedition“ Kant and the Problem of Revolution in Political Philosophy from the 18th to the 21st Century”, 9th – 10th November 2017
Academia Kantiana, Immanuel Kant Baltic Federal University, Kaliningrad, Russia
The 100th anniversary of the Russian Revolution in 2017 is attracting worldwide attention. Numerous studies and meetinges are devoting themselves to the history and the historical significance of this event. More than this, one can note an increased interest in the clarification of the concept of revolution and its meaning for the present day. In theoretical-historical reviews of the past, however, it was the French Revolution which engendered the decisive considerations pro and contra revolution. Immanuel Kant’s carefully differentiated reflections on the French Revolution and on revolution in general can be seen as a milestone in the philosophical analysis of the concept and the phenomenon of revolution. Kant’s differing assessments of the historical, legal and moral aspects of this revolution has exercised a decisive influence on the subsequent discussion up until the present day. In spite of the many variations in explanation, justification and critique of revolution, Kant remains in direct or indirect manner the factual point of reference.