Kantian Ethics

ISBN-10: 0521671140

ISBN-13: 9780521671149

Edition: 2008

Authors: Allen W. Wood

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Allen Wood investigates Kant's conception of ethical theory, using it to develop a viable approach to the rights and moral duties of human beings. By remaining closer to Kant's own view of the aims of ethics, Wood's understanding of Kantian ethics differs from the received 'constructivist' interpretation, especially on such matters as the ground and function of ethical principles, the nature of ethical reasoning and autonomy as the ground of ethics. Wood does not hesitate to criticize and modify Kant's conclusions when they seem inconsistent with his basic principles or fail to make the best use of the resources Kantian principles make available. Of special interest are the book's treatment of such topics as freedom of the will, the state's role in securing economic justice, sexual morality, the justification of punishment, and the prohibition on lying.
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List price: $32.99
Copyright year: 2008
Publisher: Cambridge University Press
Publication date: 12/10/2007
Binding: Paperback
Pages: 362
Size: 6.00" wide x 9.00" long x 1.00" tall
Weight: 1.056
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.

What Is Kantian Ethics?
Human Nature
Gender and Race
Norms of Reason
Moral Worth
Acting from Duty
Good Will
The Duty to Act from Duty
Duty, Feeling, and Desire
Kant's Aims in the First Section of the Groundwork
Ethical Theory
The "Intuitional" or "Scientific" Model
Doubts about this Model
The "Foundational" or "Philosophical" Model
The First Principle - Moral Rules or Duties - Moral Judgment
The Moral Law
The Concept of a Categorical Imperative
Kant's Systematic Presentation of the Supreme Principle of Morality
Relations among the Formulas
The "Universal Formula"
What Is an End in Itself?
Humanity Is an End in Itself
The Dignity of Humanity
The Personhood of Human Beings
The Moral Status of Nonrational Animals
Tensions within the Idea of Autonomy
Positive and Natural Law
The Author and Legislator of the Moral Law
The Nature of the Will
How the Will Legislates to Itself
Practical Freedom
Acting for Reasons
Autonomy and Freedom
The Fact of Reason
Noumenal Freedom
How to Think about Freedom
Actions and Agents
Virtue as Strength
Virtue and Temperament
Virtue, Duty, and Continence
Practical Judgment and Wisdom
Ideals and Principles
Kant's Concept of Duty
The System of Duties
The Principle of Ethical Duties
Duties to Oneself
Duties of Love and Respect
Conscience as Feeling
The Inner Court
Conscience, Guilt, and Punishment
The Duty of Self-Knowledge
Social Justice
Taxing the Rich to Support the Poor
General Injustice
Fichte on Economic Justice
Kantian Ethics and Economic Right
What Is Retributivism?
Kant's Best Justification of Punishment
Punishment and Universal Law
Is Retributivism Consistent with Kantian Ethics?
Sexual Desire
The Subjection of Women
The Meaning of the Figleaf
Kant's Defense of Marriage
Intentionally False Declarations
Kant and Constant
Truthfulness as an Ethical Duty to Oneself
The Inner Lie
Kantian Ethics vs. "Consequentialism"
Good versus Evil
The Limits of Ethical Theory
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