The neo-Kantian Hermann Cohen (1842-1918) famously wrote that Kant “is the true and real originator of German socialism.” This paper seeks to explicate Cohen’s socialist reconstruction of Kant’s ethics and show that this reconstruction overcomes some weaknesses of Kant’s ethics. In conclusion, the paper discusses the contemporary relevance of Cohen’s cooperative socialism.
van der Linden, Harry, "Cohens sozialistische Rekonstruktion der Ethik Kants" (1994). Scholarship and Professional Work - LAS. Paper 42.