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pp. 3-3

Copyright

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Contents

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Foreword

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pp. 9-11

Few people are so ignorant that they will dispute the value of theory. Yet men commonly denounce proposals that apply theory in daily life. Many of the finest insights of science, medicine, agriculture, ethics, law, and politics have been summarily rejected with the ritualistic formula: "That may be right in theory, but it won't ...

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Introduction

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pp. 13-37

"On the Old Saw: That may be right in theory but it won't work in practice" was published in 1793 in the Berlinische Monatsschrift.1 Because of the issues it deals with, its style, and its place of publication, the essay is regarded as one of Kant's "popular works," as distinguished from his technical works on epistemology, ethics and ...

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On the Old Saw: That May Be Right in Theory But It Won't Work in Practice

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pp. 39-43

A set of rules, even practical rules, is called a theory if the rules are conceived as principles of a certain generality and are abstracted from a multitude of conditions which necessarily influence their application. Conversely, we do not give the name practice to every activity, only to that accomplishment of an end which is thought to ...

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I. On the Relation of Theory to Practice in Morality in General (in reply to some exceptions taken by Professor Garve)

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pp. 45-56

Before I come to the real point at issue-namely, what in the use of one and the same concept may be valid only in theory or only in practice-I must compare my theory, as set forth elsewhere, with Herr Carve's notion of it, to see beforehand whether we understand ...

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II. On the Relation of Theory to Practice in Constitutional Law (contra Hobbes)

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pp. 57-74

Among the contracts that enable groups of people to unite in a society (pactum sociale ), the one to found a civil constitution between them (pactum unionis civilis) is a special kind. As far as execution is concerned, it has much in common with any other contract aimed at the joint promotion of some purpose; it is ...

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III. On the Relation of Theory to Practice in International Law A General-Philanthropic, i.e., Cosmopolitan View (contra Mendelssohn)

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pp. 75-81

Are we to love the human race as a whole, or is it an object to be viewed with displeasure, an object that has our best wishes (lest we become misanthropic) but never our best expectations, and from which, therefore, we would rather avert our eyes? The answer to this question depends on our answer to another ...