Kant's Ethical Thought

ISBN-10: 052164836X

ISBN-13: 9780521648363

Edition: 1999

Authors: Allen W. Wood, Robert B. Pippin

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This is a major new study of Kants ethics that will transform the way students and scholars approach the subject in future. Allen Wood argues that Kants ethical vision is grounded in the idea of the dignity of the rational nature of every human being. Undergoing both natural competitiveness and social antagonism the human species, according to Kant, develops the rational capacity to struggle against its impulses towards a human community in which the ends of all are to harmonize and coincide. The distinctive features of the book are twofold. First, it focuses for the first time on the central role played in Kants ethical theory by the value of rational nature as an end itself. Second, it shows the importance of Kants systematic theory of human nature and history, and its implications for the structure, formulation, and application of Kants moral principles. This comprehensive study will be of critical importance to students of moral philosophy, the history of ideas, political theory, and religious studies.
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Book details

List price: $62.00
Copyright year: 1999
Publisher: Cambridge University Press
Publication date: 8/28/1999
Binding: Paperback
Pages: 464
Size: 6.50" wide x 9.25" long x 1.00" tall
Weight: 1.386
Language: English

Dieter Schönecker is Professor of Philosophy at Universität Siegen.Allen W. Wood is Ruth Normal Halls Professor at Indiana University, Bloomington, and Ward W. and Priscilla B. Woods Professor, Emeritus, at Stanford University.

Robert B. Pippin is the Evelyn Stefansson Nef Distinguished Service Professor in the John U. Nef Committee on Social Thought, the Department of Philosophy, and the College at the University of Chicago. He is the author or editor of many books. 

Formulas and propositions
Table of duties of virtue
An Enlightenment moralist
Human equality
Morality and human nature
Kant's ethical writings
The structure of this book
Metaphysical Foundations
Common rational moral cognition
Grounding ethical theory
The good will
Acting from duty
Moral worth and maxims
Respect for law
Rational will and imperatives
The will
A priori practical principles
Hypothetical imperatives
Assertoric imperatives
Categorical imperatives
The formula of universal law
Objective practical principles
The derivation of FUL and FLN
Applying FLN: suicide
False promises and converted deposits
Rusting talents
Refusing to help
The problems with FUL
Exceptional behavior and self-preference
The formula of humanity as end in itself
Ends and determining grounds of the will
Ends in themselves and existent ends
Humanity and personality
Things and persons
Kant's derivation of FH
The equal worth of all rational beings
Applying FH
The structure of arguments from FH
The formula of autonomy and the realm of ends
The ground of obligation
FA as a moral principle
The realm of ends
Freedom and the moral law
Formulating the moral law
Anthropological Applications
The study of human nature
Practical anthropology
The difficulty of self-knowledge
Pragmatic anthropology
Human history as a natural phenomenon
Natural teleology
The history of human nature
Herder vs. Kant
Historical conjectures
The first free choice
The origin of morality
Kant's historical materialism
Human inclinations and affections
Natural desire
Natural passions
Social passions
Desire and deception
Sympathy, love, and charity
The historical vocation of morality
The radical evil in human nature
Nature and culture
Reason, communication, and enlightenment
The ethical community
The final form of Kant's ethical theory
The sphere of right
Ethics as a system of duties
Ethics as a system of ends
Ethics as virtue
What is Kantian ethics about?
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