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Autonomy of the Will as the Foundation of Morality

Andrews Reath

in Agency and Autonomy in Kant's Moral Theory: Selected Essays

Published in print:
2006
Published Online:
May 2006
ISBN:
9780199288830
eISBN:
9780191603648
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/0199288836.003.0006
Subject:
Philosophy, History of Philosophy

This chapter distinguishes the various claims that make up the thesis that autonomy of the will is the foundation of morality, and offers a reconstruction of the arguments on which they depend. To do ... More


: The Singleness of the Categorical Imperative

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/9780199647033.003.0010
Subject:
Philosophy, History of Philosophy, Metaphysics/Epistemology

This essay defends Kant's thesis that there is only a single categorical imperative. This needs a defense because in the Groundwork Kant presents a number of formulations of this imperative (the ... More


: Kant's Practical Justification of Freedom

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/9780199647033.003.0009
Subject:
Philosophy, History of Philosophy, Metaphysics/Epistemology

After providing a brief account of what Kant understands by a practical justification and the various types of it found in his writings, the essay examines the ways in which Kant attempts to provide ... More


The Virtue of (Erotic) Love

Robert C. Solomon

in In Defense of Sentimentality

Published in print:
2004
Published Online:
November 2004
ISBN:
9780195145502
eISBN:
9780199834969
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/019514550X.003.0008
Subject:
Philosophy, Philosophy of Mind

I suggest that erotic love is (or can be) a virtue. I contest both the cynicism and the vacuousness in much of the love literature. I argue that love is a historical emotion, involving a great deal ... More


Kant’s Fateful Reviews of Herder’s Ideas

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/9780199693689.003.0011
Subject:
Philosophy, History of Philosophy, Metaphysics/Epistemology

Shortly after Kant's own history essay, he wrote some critical reviews works on history by Herder. A remarkable feature of these reviews is that, although Kant was deeply disturbed by what he took to ... More


Donagan's Kant

Thomas E. Hill

in Respect, Pluralism, and Justice: Kantian Perspectives

Published in print:
2000
Published Online:
November 2003
ISBN:
9780198238348
eISBN:
9780191597688
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/0198238347.003.0006
Subject:
Philosophy, Moral Philosophy

Reviews at length Alan Donagan's Kantian ethical theory, as primarily expressed in his book, The Theory of Morality. Donagan's method of developing the theory by examining a tradition of ... More


Kantian constructivism as normative ethics

Thomas E. Hill, Jr.

in Oxford Studies in Normative Ethics, Volume 1

Published in print:
2011
Published Online:
January 2012
ISBN:
9780199693269
eISBN:
9780191732058
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199693269.003.0002
Subject:
Philosophy, Moral Philosophy, Political Philosophy

What would Kantian constructivism be like as a normative (not metaethical) theory that focused on ethical, not political questions? First this paper reviews conceptions of the normative/metaethical ... More


Kant’s Practical Justification of Freedom

Henry E. Allison

in Kant on Practical Justification: Interpretive Essays

Published in print:
2013
Published Online:
May 2013
ISBN:
9780195395686
eISBN:
9780199979295
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/acprof:oso/9780195395686.003.0013
Subject:
Philosophy, Moral Philosophy, Political Philosophy

The essay is divided into three parts. The first provides a brief account of what Kant understands by a practical justification and the various types of such justification found in his writings. The ... More


On the Many Senses of “Self-Determination”

Karl Ameriks

in Kantian Subjects: Critical Philosophy and Late Modernity

Published in print:
2019
Published Online:
December 2019
ISBN:
9780198841852
eISBN:
9780191881435
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/oso/9780198841852.003.0002
Subject:
Philosophy, Metaphysics/Epistemology, Philosophy of Science

This chapter begins by noting a number of basic meanings that “determination” has for Kant: causal, epistemic, formal, and normative, in the sense of defining a “vocation” for the individual and ... More


From A to B: On “Critique and Morals”

Karl Ameriks

in Kantian Subjects: Critical Philosophy and Late Modernity

Published in print:
2019
Published Online:
December 2019
ISBN:
9780198841852
eISBN:
9780191881435
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/oso/9780198841852.003.0003
Subject:
Philosophy, Metaphysics/Epistemology, Philosophy of Science

This chapter gives an account of the transition from Kant’s publishing of the first edition (“A”) of his Critique of Pure Reason and his decision to focus on the topic of morals by suddenly writing a ... More


Revisiting Freedom as Autonomy

Karl Ameriks

in Kantian Subjects: Critical Philosophy and Late Modernity

Published in print:
2019
Published Online:
December 2019
ISBN:
9780198841852
eISBN:
9780191881435
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/oso/9780198841852.003.0004
Subject:
Philosophy, Metaphysics/Epistemology, Philosophy of Science

This chapter responds in detail to two recent discussions of Kant’s notion of freedom. Jörg Noller’s book argues, in part against Kant, for a graduated concept of degrees of freedom that might help ... More


Kant’s Critique of Morality

Christopher Meckstroth

in The Struggle for Democracy: Paradoxes of Progress and the Politics of Change

Published in print:
2015
Published Online:
June 2015
ISBN:
9780190213923
eISBN:
9780190213947
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/acprof:oso/9780190213923.003.0005
Subject:
Political Science, Political Theory, Democratization

This chapter argues for a radically antifoundational interpretation of the core arguments of Kant’s philosophy of morality. Kant’s debts to his interpretation of Socratic criticism and Plato’s ideas ... More


Searching for the Unconditioned

Christopher J. Insole

in Kant and the Divine: From Contemplation to the Moral Law

Published in print:
2020
Published Online:
May 2020
ISBN:
9780198853527
eISBN:
9780191887932
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/oso/9780198853527.003.0005
Subject:
Religion, Philosophy of Religion

This chapter considers the extent to which Kant’s critical moral philosophy has some traditional theological features. First of all, it is argued that Kant continues to believe in God. Secondly, Kant ... More


God and the Good

Christopher J. Insole

in Kant and the Divine: From Contemplation to the Moral Law

Published in print:
2020
Published Online:
May 2020
ISBN:
9780198853527
eISBN:
9780191887932
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/oso/9780198853527.003.0006
Subject:
Religion, Philosophy of Religion

This chapter studies Kant’s dramatic rupture, both with his own earlier position about the highest created good, and with any theological or philosophical tradition that he would have received (from ... More


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