By Jennifer K. Uleman
Immanuel Kant's ethical philosophy is among the such a lot precise achievements of the eu Enlightenment. At its middle lies what Kant known as the 'strange thing': the loose, rational, human will. This advent explores the foundation of Kant's anti-naturalist, secular, humanist imaginative and prescient of the human strong. relocating from a comic strip of the Kantian will, with all its part components and attributes, to Kant's canonical arguments for his specific crucial, this advent exhibits why Kant concept his ethical legislation the easiest precis expression of either his personal philosophical paintings on morality and his readers' private shared convictions in regards to the solid. Kant's primary tenets, key arguments, and center values are provided in an available and fascinating means, making this publication excellent for an individual wanting to discover the basics of Kant's ethical philosophy.
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Of course, some will not like these promises. Where the rational formalist interpretation of Kant’s view invited charges of coldness, hyper-rationalism, and reliance on a generally implausible moral psychology, the interpretation I am oﬀering – according to which Kantian morality delivers a substantive moral vision – invites other charges. Ideals of purely free rational human willing have been accused of promoting destructive delusions of selfsuﬃciency, of ignoring dependency and connectedness, and of denigrating, among other things, nature, women, community, and love.
This is not the whole story about Kantian freedom, or its relation to rationality; we will need to be shown how reason itself can determine the will without threatening its essential freedom, as well as how reason can be more and other (to anticipate the broadly Humean, naturalist objection) than a tool for organizing what it might be argued are all, at base, sensuous drives and desires. But all we need to notice here is that it makes sense for Kant to depict the transition from mere desire to choice as also already a transition, made possible by reason, from external determination to freedom.
The account of Kant’s project I oﬀer here is thus at once more and less modest than some. It is more modest because it does not try to argue that all agents, or all rational agents, or all agents with free wills, really, despite what they may think they believe, do or must adopt Kantian morality. This was often Kant’s rhetorical strategy, but it is not mine. My aim is to step back and try to shed light on Kant’s underlying conception of free rational agency, and to show why he thought this kind of agency would command respect and commitment suﬃcient to ground moral theory and practice.