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Kant's Anatomy of Evil


Philip Rossi, Patrick Frierson, Gordon Michalson, Claudia Card, Robert Louden, Pablo Muchnik, Allen Wood, Jeanine Grenberg, Sharon Anderson-Gold, David Sussman
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  • Date Published: January 2010
  • availability: In stock
  • format: Hardback
  • isbn: 9780521514323


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  • Kant infamously claimed that all human beings, without exception, are evil by nature. This collection of essays critically examines and elucidates what he must have meant by this indictment. It shows the role which evil plays in his overall philosophical project and analyses its relation to individual autonomy. Furthermore, it explores the relevance of Kant's views for understanding contemporary questions such as crimes against humanity and moral reconstruction. Leading scholars in the field engage a wide range of sources from which a distinctly Kantian theory of evil emerges, both subtle and robust, and capable of shedding light on the complex dynamics of human immorality.

    • Unique collection of essays on evil with Kant as focus, providing a new perspective to the topic
    • Full textual analysis, giving the reader insight into the details
    • An impressive collection of contributors including noted Kantians and moral philosophers
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    "... Kant's Anatomy of Evil resoundingly succeeds in showing the depth of Kant's resources for dealing with the problem of moral evil. Anyone with a professional interest in Kant's practical philosophy should read it."
    --Robert Gressis, California State University, Northridge, Notre Dame Philosophical Reviews

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    Product details

    • Date Published: January 2010
    • format: Hardback
    • isbn: 9780521514323
    • length: 264 pages
    • dimensions: 235 x 158 x 18 mm
    • weight: 0.55kg
    • availability: In stock
  • Table of Contents

    1. Kant's 'Metaphysics of Permanent Rupture': radical evil and the unity of reason Philip Rossi
    2. Kantian moral pessimism Patrick Frierson
    3. Kant, the Bible, and the recovery from radical evil Gordon Michalson
    4. Kant's moral excluded middle Claudia Card
    5. Evil everywhere: the ordinariness of Kantian radical evil Robert Louden
    6. An alternative proof of the universal propensity to evil Pablo Muchnik
    7. Kant and the intelligibility of evil Allen Wood
    8. Social dimensions of Immanuel Kant's 'Conception of Radical Evil' Jeanine Grenberg
    9. Kant, radical evil, and crimes against humanity Sharon Anderson-Gold
    10. Revolution and reconciliation: toward a Kantian account David Sussman.

  • Editors

    Sharon Anderson-Gold, Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute, New York

    Pablo Muchnik, Siena College, New York


    Philip Rossi, Patrick Frierson, Gordon Michalson, Claudia Card, Robert Louden, Pablo Muchnik, Allen Wood, Jeanine Grenberg, Sharon Anderson-Gold, David Sussman

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