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There can be no doubt that Kant thought we should be reflective: we ought to care to make up our own minds about how things are and what is worth doing. Philosophical objections to the Kantian reflective ideal have centred on concerns about the excessive control that the reflective person is supposed to exert over their own mental life, and Kantians who feel the force of these objections have recently drawn attention to Kant's conception of moral virtue as it is developed in his later work, chiefly the Metaphysics of Morals. Melissa Merritt's book is a distinctive contribution to this recent turn to virtue in Kant scholarship. Merritt argues that we need a clearer, and textually more comprehensive, account of what reflection is, in order not only to understand Kant's account of virtue, but also to appreciate how it effectively rebuts long-standing objections to the Kantian reflective ideal.Read more
- Provides a new, and textually more comprehensive, account of Kant's notion of 'reflection'
- Spans Kant's theoretical and practical philosophy, and draws connections between areas of Kant's thought that are often explored in isolation
- Adds a novel perspective to a recent body of work on Kant's conception of virtue
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'… consistently rich and rewarding - both as a study of Kant and as a discussion of virtue. She engages with a wide range of Kant’s writings, drawing particular attention to passages that many of Kant’s readers (myself included) have tended to ignore.' Colin Marshall, Mind
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- Date Published: April 2018
- format: Adobe eBook Reader
- isbn: 9781108664592
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Table of Contents
List of tables
Abbreviations and conventions for citing Kant's works
Introduction: rethinking the Kantian reflective ideal
Part I. Reflection:
1. Kant on the requirement to reflect
2. Healthy human understanding
3. Attention, perception, experience
Part II. Virtue:
4. Conceptions of reason and epistemic normativity
5. Cognitive and moral virtue
6. Virtue as a skill
7. The cognitive basis of moral virtue
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