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Kriterion: Revista de Filosofia

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ALMEIDA, Guido Antônio de. Sobre o princípio e a lei universal do Direito em Kant. Kriterion [online]. 2006, vol.47, n.114, pp. 209-222. ISSN 0100-512X.  http://dx.doi.org/10.1590/S0100-512X2006000200002.

The present paper distinguishes two formulas of the principle of Right in Kant; it shows that in one of them (the Universal Principle of Right) the principle is expressed as a principium diiudicationis and in the other (the Universal Law of Right) as a principium executionis of what we consider to be right; it scrutinizes difficulties involved in both formulations, in particular the basis for definition of what is considered right and the prescriptive force of the Universal Law of Right; and it proposes a solution based on the consideration that juridical laws are for Kant a sub-class of moral laws and on the concept of a moral authorization (facultas moralis) of doing what is morally permissible or mandatory and of not doing what is morally forbidden.

Keywords : Concept of Kant’s Right; Moral Laws and Juridical Laws; Moral Authorization; Principle of Right; Prescriptive Force.

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