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Kantian Ethics, Dignity and Perfection


  • Date Published: August 2017
  • availability: In stock
  • format: Hardback
  • isbn: 9781107189249

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  • In this volume Paul Formosa sets out a novel approach to Kantian ethics as an ethics of dignity by focusing on the Formula of Humanity as a normative principle distinct from the Formula of Universal Law. By situating the Kantian conception of dignity within the wider literature on dignity, he develops an important distinction between status dignity, which all rational agents have, and achievement dignity, which all rational agents should aspire to. He then explores constructivist and realist views on the foundation of the dignity of rational agents, before developing a compelling account of who does and does not have status dignity and of what kind of achievement dignity or virtue we, as vulnerable rational agents, can and should strive for. His study will be highly valuable for those interested in Kant's ethical, moral and political philosophies.

    • Approaches Kantian ethics as an ethics of dignity, which will interest those who find Kant's Formula of Humanity appealing, but who reject Kant's Formula of Universal Law
    • Makes a clear distinction between status dignity and achievement dignity, thereby avoiding many of the conceptual confusions about dignity
    • Emphasises the links between dignity, perfection and vulnerability, enabling a better understanding of the neglected role played by vulnerability in Kant's thought about dignity and virtue
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    Product details

    • Date Published: August 2017
    • format: Hardback
    • isbn: 9781107189249
    • length: 230 pages
    • dimensions: 235 x 158 x 17 mm
    • weight: 0.45kg
    • contains: 1 b/w illus.
    • availability: In stock
  • Table of Contents

    Introduction: Kantian ethics as an ethics of dignity
    1. The categorical imperative and the formula of humanity
    2. Grounding dignity: a constructivist foundation for the formula of humanity
    3. Treating people with dignity and respect: how to apply the formula of humanity to vulnerable humans
    4. Who has dignity? Rational agency and the limits of the formula of humanity
    5. Achievement dignity, virtue and autonomy: how to live up to your status dignity.

  • Author

    Paul Formosa, Macquarie University, Sydney
    Paul Formosa is a Senior Lecturer in Philosophy at Macquarie University, Sydney and a member of the Centre for Agency, Value and Ethics. He is co-editor of Politics and Teleology in Kant (2014) and has published numerous articles and chapters on various aspects of Kantian philosophy.

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