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In this chapter, Jens Timmermann discusses Kant's transition from his pre-autonomy theory of obligation – as it surfaces in the 'Canon of Pure Reason' (1781) and contemporary lectures on natural theology (e.g. Pölitz) - to the autonomy view as developed in the 'Groundwork' (written in 1784). Kant assumes throughout that moral laws are unconditionally valid, i.e. universal and necessary. But the earlier view cannot sustain this assumption because the help of an external lawgiver who issues threats and promises (namely God) de facto turns moral commands into hypothetical imperatives. Locating lawgiving within the human will solves the problem. Kant argues that the will must, echoing St Paul, be a law unto itself. Internalising legislation thus marks the emergence of autonomy. The chapter also sheds light on the relation between autonomy and the notion of the kingdom of ends and the overal l strategy of Kant's foundational attempts in the ethical realm.
Is Kant’s ethical theory too demanding? Do its commands ask too much of us, either by calling for self-sacrifice on particular occasions, or by pervading our lives to the extent that there is no room for permissible action? In this article, I argue that Kant’s ethics is very demanding, but not excessively so. The notion of ‘latitude’ (the idea that wide duty admits of ‘exceptions’) does not help. But we need to bear in mind (i) that moral laws are self-imposed and cannot be externally enforced; (ii) that ‘right action’ is not a category of Kantian ethics – there is a more and a less, and lack of perfection does not entail vice; and (iii) that only practice makes perfect, i.e. how much virtue can realistically be expected can vary from agent to agent. The principle that ‘ought’ is limited by ‘can’ is firmly entrenched in Kant’s ethical thought.
With fifty-four chapters charting the development of moral philosophy in the Western world, this volume examines the key thinkers and texts and their influence on the history of moral thought from the pre-Socratics to the present day. Topics including Epicureanism, humanism, Jewish and Arabic thought, perfectionism, pragmatism, idealism and intuitionism are all explored, as are figures including Aristotle, Boethius, Spinoza, Hobbes, Hume, Kant, Hegel, Mill, Nietzsche, Heidegger, Sartre and Rawls, as well as numerous key ideas and schools of thought. Chapters are written by leading experts in the field, drawing on the latest research to offer rigorous analysis of the canonical figures and movements of this branch of philosophy. The volume provides a comprehensive yet philosophically advanced resource for students and teachers alike as they approach, and refine their understanding of, the central issues in moral thought.
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