Kant on Persons and Agency

Kant on Persons and Agency

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Cambridge University Press, 8/22/2019
EAN 9781316633564, ISBN10: 131663356X

Paperback, 227 pages, 22.9 x 15.2 x 1.2 cm
Language: English

Today we consider ourselves to be free and equal persons, capable of acting rationally and autonomously in both practical (moral) and theoretical (scientific) contexts. The essays in this volume show how this conception was first articulated in a fully systematic fashion by Immanuel Kant in the eighteenth century. Twelve leading scholars shed new light on Kant's philosophy, with each devoting particular attention to at least one of three aspects of this conception: autonomy, freedom, and personhood. Some focus on clarifying the philosophical content of Kant's position, while others consider how his views on these issues cohere with his other distinctive doctrines, and yet others focus on the historical impact that these doctrines had on his immediate successors and on our present thought. Their essays offer important new perspectives on some of the most fundamental issues that we continue to confront in modern society.

Introduction Eric Watkins
Part I. Autonomy
1. The unconditioned goodness of the good will Eric Watkins
2. Universal law Allen Wood
3. Understanding autonomy
form and content of practical knowledge Stephen Engstrom
4. The principle of autonomy in Kant's moral theory
its rise and fall Pauline Kleingeld
Part II. Freedom
5. Evil and practical reason Lucy Allais
6. Freedom as a postulate Marcus Willaschek
7. Kant's struggle for freedom
freedom of will in Kant and Reinhold Paul Guyer
8. The practice of self-consciousness
Kant on nature, freedom, and morality Dieter Sturma
Part III. Persons
9. Kant's multiple concepts of person Béatrice Longuenesse
10. We are not alone
a place for animals in Kant's ethics Barbara Herman
11. The dynamism of reason in Kant and Hegel Robert Pippin
Part IV. Conclusion
12. Once again
the end of all things Karl Ameriks.