Kant on Moral Autonomy

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  • Copyright: 2013-01-28
  • Publisher: Cambridge Univ Pr
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The concept of autonomy is one of Kant's central legacies for contemporary moral thought. We often invoke autonomy as both a moral ideal and a human right, especially a right to determine oneself independently of foreign determinants; indeed, to violate a person's autonomy is considered to be a serious moral offence. Yet while contemporary philosophy claims Kant as the originator of its notion of autonomy, Kant's own conception of the term seems to differ in important respects from our present-day interpretation. Kant on Moral Autonomy brings together a distinguished group of scholars who explore the following questions: what is Kant's conception of autonomy? What is its history and its influence on contemporary conceptions? And what is its moral significance? Their essays will be of interest both to scholars and students working on Kantian moral philosophy and to anyone interested in the subject of autonomy.

Table of Contents

Kant's Conception of Autonomy
Kantian autonomy and contemporary ideas of autonomy
Kant's conception of autonomy as sovereignty
Vindicating autonomy: Kant, Sartre, and O'Neill
Progress toward autonomy
The Development and Influence of Kant's Conception
Transcending nature, unifying reason: on Kant's debt to Rousseau
Kant and the 'paradox' of autonomy
Autonomy in Kant and German Idealism
Autonomy after Kant
Personal autonomy and public authority
The Moral Significance of Kant's Conception
Moralized nature, naturalized autonomy - Kant's way of bridging the gap in the Third Critique (and in the Groundwork)
Autonomy and moral regard for ends
'A Free Will and a Will Under Moral Laws are the Same': Kant's concept of autonomy and his Thesis of Analyticity in Groundwork III
Morality and autonomy
The significance of autonomy
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