Kant's Metaphysics of Morals: A Critical Guide

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  • Copyright: 2010-11-29
  • Publisher: Cambridge University Press
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Immanuel Kant's Metaphysics of Morals (1797), containing the Doctrine of Right and Doctrine of Virtue, is his final major work of practical philosophy. Its focus is not rational beings in general but human beings in particular, and it presupposes and deepens Kant's earlier accounts of morality, freedom, and moral psychology. In this volume of newly-commissioned essays, a distinguished team of contributors explores the Metaphysics of Morals in relation to Kant's earlier works, as well as examining themes which emerge from the text itself. Topics include the relation between right and virtue, property, punishment, and moral feeling. Their diversity of questions, perspectives and approaches will provide new insights into the work for scholars in Kant's moral and political theory.

Table of Contents

Notes on contributorsp. vii
Acknowledgementsp. ix
List of translations and abbreviationsp. x
Introductionp. 1
Kant's Metaphysics of Morals: the history and significance of its deferralp. 9
Reason, desire, and the willp. 28
Justice without virtuep. 51
Kant's innate right as a rational criterion for human rightsp. 71
Intelligible possession of objects of choicep. 93
Punishment, retribution, and the coercive enforcement of rightp. 111
Moral feelings in the Metaphysics of Moralsp. 130
What is the enemy of virtue?p. 152
Freedom, primacy, and perfect duties to oneselfp. 170
Duties to and regarding othersp. 192
Duties regarding animalsp. 210
Kant's Tugendlehre as normative ethicsp. 234
Bibliographyp. 256
Indexp. 264
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