A Comparison Of Immanuel Kant And Edward Snowden

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Register to read the introduction… A part of his philosophy that applies to Snowden is property. He defines property as “with which I am so connected that another’s use of it without my consent would wrong me” (6:245). This is exactly what Snowden did with the information he stole from the NSA about the mass surveillance. He took the information and then used it against who he stole it from, the government, to put them in a bad situation. Then he goes to other countries which could make then enemies of the United States especially because of all the information that Snowden possesses. Kant would be against all of this, going against a country is going against perpetual peace. Freedom defined by Kant is, “the autonomous right of all individuals to conceive of happiness in their own way.” This is best shown with how Snowden took away the freedom of the citizens of the United States with releasing information. It showed the citizens that they didn’t have as much freedom as they thought they had. Kant would not agree at all with the act of rebelling against a state. The state is not always just; they have been in the wrong, but he means that the opposite of the state of nature of the state is only possible when the individual has some mean to go by their will. This person who in this situation is Snowden is taking it upon himself to go against the state in something that he believes is wrong. Kant would not agree with what Snowden did, Kant believes that a person who argues against the state misunderstands the nature of a social contract. Kant would then turn his attention to the government and not let them get away with their intrusion on the privacy of citizens of the United States. Kant also argues that a contract as a rightful obligation between multiple people. Some contracts give one of the parties in the contract power over the other party; this is similar to the government over the citizens of the …show more content…
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