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: On the Very Idea of a Propensity to Evil

Henry E. Allison

in Essays on Kant

Published in print:
2012
Published Online:
September 2012
ISBN:
9780199647033
eISBN:
9780191741166
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199647033.003.0008
Subject:
Philosophy, History of Philosophy, Metaphysics/Epistemology

This essay analyzes Kant's attempt to ground radical evil, understood as the root of all moral evil, in the concept of finite rational agency. Kant is seen as holding that such evil consists in a ... More


Professional Realism, 1912–1956

Bruce Kuklick

in A History of Philosophy in America: 1720-2000

Published in print:
2003
Published Online:
November 2003
ISBN:
9780199260164
eISBN:
9780191597893
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/0199260168.003.0011
Subject:
Philosophy, History of Philosophy

Of equal importance as the development of pragmatism and instrumentalism, although more narrowly and professionally focused, was the development of realism, a view that argued for the independent ... More


On Reconciling the Transcendental Turn and Kant’s Idealism

Karl Ameriks

in Kant's Elliptical Path

Published in print:
2012
Published Online:
January 2013
ISBN:
9780199693689
eISBN:
9780191745584
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199693689.003.0005
Subject:
Philosophy, History of Philosophy, Metaphysics/Epistemology

This chapter starts from a distinction between Kant's ‘transcendental turn’, as a positive theory about the pure and objective but immanent structures of experience, and the additional metaphysical ... More


Duties To and Regarding Ourselves 1

Robert N. Johnson

in Self-Improvement: An Essay in Kantian Ethics

Published in print:
2011
Published Online:
January 2012
ISBN:
9780199599349
eISBN:
9780191731556
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199599349.003.0004
Subject:
Philosophy, Moral Philosophy, History of Philosophy

What is the difference between having a duty to a person and a duty merely regarding them? It would be nice if Kantians could say that we have a duty to a person to do something just in case they ... More


Self-Respect and Self-Improvement

Robert N. Johnson

in Self-Improvement: An Essay in Kantian Ethics

Published in print:
2011
Published Online:
January 2012
ISBN:
9780199599349
eISBN:
9780191731556
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199599349.003.0005
Subject:
Philosophy, Moral Philosophy, History of Philosophy

If there is a case to be made for an obligation of self-improvement, it will likely need to appeal to some elements of the so-called Humanity formulation of the Categorical Imperative. It is argued ... More


On What We Cannot Improve in Others

Robert N. Johnson

in Self-Improvement: An Essay in Kantian Ethics

Published in print:
2011
Published Online:
January 2012
ISBN:
9780199599349
eISBN:
9780191731556
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199599349.003.0007
Subject:
Philosophy, Moral Philosophy, History of Philosophy

If the thesis proposed is correct, we owe it to ourselves to develop our abilities. But don’t we owe this to others as well? Kant himself argued ‘no’ on the grounds that perfecting another is quite ... More


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