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Between ethics and right: Kantian politics and democratic purposes. / Williams, Garrath.

In: European Journal of Philosophy, Vol. 20, No. 3, 09.2012, p. 479-486.

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Williams, Garrath. / Between ethics and right: Kantian politics and democratic purposes. In: European Journal of Philosophy. 2012 ; Vol. 20, No. 3. pp. 479-486.

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