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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.Read more
- An interpretation of Kantian ethics that differs from the received Rawlsian or 'constructivist' reading on many points
- A defense of the Kantian approach to issues such as freedom of will, moral status of unborn life and non-human animals, and social justice
- Criticisms and revisions of Kant's views on punishment and sexual morality that are based, however, on Kantian principles
Reviews & endorsements
"In this rich and rewarding new book, Allen Wood...succeeds at delivering a defense of Kantian ethics that should satisfy, in terms of its philosophical credentials, any philosopher interested in ethics...Allen Wood’s book remains an indispensable contribution to contemporary ethical theory."
-Noell Birondo, Pomona College, Notre Dame Philosophical ReviewSee more reviews
"Wood offers an interpretation of Kant's own ethical theory and a rational reconstruction and defense of Kantian ethics, as there are topics -- such as marriage, punishment, race, and sex -- where Kantian ethics lead to conclusions different from those of Kant himself...This book will enable readers to learn more about the current debates [on Kant]...Highly recommended."
-J.M. Fritzman, Lewis and Clark College, Choice
"Kantian Ethics is an important and challenging book. The position that it presents is original and its argument is supported by an exceptional knowledge of Kant’s thought, of the Kantian literature and of ethical theory more broadly."
-Michael Rosen, Harvard University, The Times Literary Supplement
"… important and challenging book."
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- Date Published: December 2007
- format: Paperback
- isbn: 9780521671149
- length: 362 pages
- dimensions: 216 x 150 x 19 mm
- weight: 0.48kg
- availability: Available
Table of Contents
2. Moral worth
3. Ethical theory
4. The moral law
11. Social justice
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