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Kant on Freedom, Law, and Happiness

Kant on Freedom, Law, and Happiness

  • Author: Paul Guyer, Brown University, Rhode Island
  • Date Published: February 2000
  • availability: Available
  • format: Paperback
  • isbn: 9780521654210


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  • Kant is often portrayed as the author of a rigid system of ethics in which adherence to a formal and universal principle of morality - the famous categorical imperative - is an end itself, and any concern for human goals and happiness a strictly secondary and subordinate matter. Such a theory seems to suit perfectly rational beings but not human beings. The twelve essays in this collection by one of the world's preeminent Kant scholars argue for a radically different account of Kant's ethics. They explore an interpretation of the moral philosophy according to which freedom is the fundamental end of human action, but an end that can only be preserved and promoted by adherence to moral law. By radically revising the traditional interpretation of Kant's moral and political philosophy and by showing how Kant's coherent liberalism can guide us in current debates, Paul Guyer will find an audience across moral and political philosophy, intellectual history, and political science.

    • Guyer on Kant is a successful formula that has always worked well in the past
    • In addition to books mentioned above Cambridge reissued Kant and the Claims of Taste. Guyer is also editor of highly successful Cambridge Companion to Kant
    • This collection radically revises traditional conceptions of Kant's moral and political philosophy
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    Product details

    • Date Published: February 2000
    • format: Paperback
    • isbn: 9780521654210
    • length: 456 pages
    • dimensions: 230 x 153 x 27 mm
    • weight: 0.625kg
    • availability: Available
  • Table of Contents

    Note on translations and citations
    Part I. Origins:
    1. Mendelssohn and Kant: one source of the critical philosophy
    2. The unity of reason: pure reason as practical reason in Kant's early conception of the transcendental dialectic
    3. Freedom as the 'inner value of the world'
    Part II. Principles:
    4. Kant's Morality of Law and Morality of Freedom
    5. The possibility of the Categorical imperative
    6. The strategy of the Groundwork
    Part III. Duties:
    7. Kantian foundations for Liberalism
    8. Life, Liberty, and property: Rawls and Kant
    9. Moral worth, virtue and merit
    Part IV. Hopes:
    10. From a practical point of view: Kant's conception of a postulate of pure practical reason
    11. Nature, freedom and happiness: the third proposition of Kant's 'Idea for a Universal History'
    12. Nature, morality and the possibility of peace

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    Paul Guyer, Brown University, Rhode Island

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