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The Missing Link in the Philosophy of Enlightenment: Reasonability, Will and Separation of Powers in the Philosophy of Justice of Henri-Francois d'Aguesseau, Chancellor of France

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The article examines the opening of state reasoning towards public deliberation during the Enlightenment. Since the Enlightenment, a number of standards for public reasoning have been settled. These concerned the constitution of reasoning, freedom of speech and print, toleration, justice and other social and political phenomena as well. Following the lead of Immanuel Kant, these standards and procedures are often, for instance by Reinhart Koselleck, claimed to be forms of reasoning that follow the model of a tribunal. Accordingly, the paper analyses the self-descriptions, semantics and the thoughts constituting the public reasoning in the leading court of justice during the early Enlightenment, the Paris parlements. The yearly speeches from 1693 – 1715 as well as the philosophy of law, from 1727, by the royal attorney and later chancellor Henri-François d’Aguesseau (1668 – 1751) are subject to the analysis in the paper. It seems clear that a the Copernican turn in social reasoning took place at that moment according to the form of “Reason’s Empire”.
Bidragets oversatte titelEt missing link i oplysningstidens filosofi: Ræsonnement, vilje og magtdeling i den franske kansler Henri-Francois d'Aguesseaus retsfilosofi
TitelEthics, Democracy, and Markets : Nordic Perspectives on World Problems
RedaktørerGiorgio Baruchello, Jacob Dahl Rendtorff, Asger Sørensen
Antal sider39
ForlagNSU Press
Udgivelsesår23 jun. 2016
ISBN (trykt)978-87-87564-94-6
StatusUdgivet - 23 jun. 2016


  • Aguesseau, Kant, cosmopolitianism, human rights, seperation of powers, philosophy of history, ethics, Seperation of Powers, Rule of Law, reason as a historical conquest, reasoning, philosophy of law, Enlightenment, France, Stateb-building, Luhmann, Bourdieu, Habermas communication modernity terrorism socialism

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