Kant's Unfinished RevolutionThe thesis of this article is that Kant's revolution in thinking is incomplete when it comes to revolution. I will argue that when Kant insists that revolution can never, anywhere, at any time, for any reason be justifiable, he retreats from his fundamentally person centered moral and practical philosophy and reverts to a logic suited to objects or things.
I will explore why on the basis of his own philosophy he is wrong to say, in his Rechtslehre, "What grounds the people's duty to endure even the most intolerable abuse of the supreme authority is that any resistance to the supreme legislation can itself only be unlawful; indeed it must be conceived as destroying the entire lawful constitution."
I will then explore how and why on the basis of his own person centered philosophy an oppresssed people can legitimately refuse to be governed unjustly and then I will explore how and why they may reform or change their government and do so legitimately, justly and morally. I will conclude that Kant has shown the way to a successful completion of his philosophy with regard to revolution. Work in Progress