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Comment on Jens Timmermann, ‘Autonomy, Progress and Virtue: Why Kant Has Nothing to Fear from the Overdemandingness Objection’

  • John Skorupski (a1)
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Jens Timmermann’s scholarship illuminates the nuances and contexts of Kant’s thought. I have learned a great deal from reading his article. His question is whether Kant’s ethics is overdemanding, in something like the way that ‘classical utilitarianism’ has been thought to be. He is aware that this is not a clear-cut question, however he is inclined to reply that the answer is ‘no’. I too think the question is not clear-cut, but I am inclined to answer ‘yes’.

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Kant, Immanuel (1996) Practical Philosophy. Trans. Mary J. Gregor. Cambridge: Cambridge University Press.
Mill, John Stuart (1963) Collected Works of John Stuart Mill. Ed. J. M. Robson. Toronto: University of Toronto Press.
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Kantian Review
  • ISSN: 1369-4154
  • EISSN: 2044-2394
  • URL: /core/journals/kantian-review
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