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Single Idea 21407

[catalogued under 25. Social Practice / B. Equalities / 3. Legal equality]

Full Idea

Our innate equality is independence from being bound by others to more than one can in turn bind them.

Gist of Idea

Equality is not being bound in ways you cannot bind others


Immanuel Kant (Metaphysics of Morals I: Doctrine of Right [1797], Div B)

Book Reference

Kant,Immanuel: 'The Metaphysics of Morals', ed/tr. Gregor,Mary [CUP 1991], p.63

A Reaction

This doesn't seem to capture the whole concept. The two of us may be unequally oppressed by a third. We are unequal with the third, but also with one another, though with no binding relationships.