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Kant's Lectures on Ethics
A Critical Guide


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J. B. Schneewind, Lara Denis, Oliver Sensen, Stefano Bacin, Patrick R. Frierson, Manfred Kuehn, Jens Timmermann, Robert B. Louden, Stephen Engstrom, Allen W. Wood, B. Sharon Byrd, Joachim Hruschka, Paul Guyer, Anne Margaret Baxley, Jeanine Grenberg, Houston Smit, Mark Timmons
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  • Date Published: March 2018
  • availability: Available
  • format: Paperback
  • isbn: 9781108454155

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  • This is the first book devoted to an examination of Kant's lectures on ethics, which provide a unique and revealing perspective on the development of his views. In fifteen newly commissioned essays, leading Kant scholars discuss four sets of student notes reflecting different periods of Kant's career: those taken by Herder (1762–4), Collins (mid-1770s), Mrongovius (1784–5) and Vigilantius (1793–4). The essays cover a diverse range of topics, from the relation between Kant's lectures and the Baumgarten textbooks, to obligation, virtue, love, the highest good, freedom, the categorical imperative, moral motivation and religion. Together they provide the reader with a deeper and fuller understanding of the evolution of Kant's moral thought. The volume will be of interest to a range of readers in Kant studies, ethics, political philosophy, religious studies and the history of ideas.

    • The only scholarly and philosophical treatment of Kant's lectures on ethics
    • Includes fifteen new essays by leading Kant scholars, offering a diverse set of views and interpretations of Kant's lectures
    • Features examinations of an extensive range of topics in Kant's moral and political philosophy as presented in the lectures
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    • Date Published: March 2018
    • format: Paperback
    • isbn: 9781108454155
    • length: 309 pages
    • dimensions: 230 x 153 x 18 mm
    • weight: 0.48kg
    • contains: 1 b/w illus.
    • availability: Available
  • Table of Contents

    Foreword J. B. Schneewind
    Introduction Lara Denis and Oliver Sensen
    Part I. The Sources:
    1. Kant's lectures on ethics and Baumgarten's moral philosophy Stefano Bacin
    2. Herder: religion and moral motivation Patrick R. Frierson
    3. Collins: Kant's proto-critical position Manfred Kuehn
    4. Mrongovius II: a supplement to the Groundwork of the Metaphysics of Morals Jens Timmermann
    5. Vigilantius: morality for humans Robert B. Louden
    Part II. Practical Philosophy:
    6. Ancient insights in Kant's conception of the highest good Stephen Engstrom
    7. Kant's history of ethics Allen W. Wood
    8. Moral obligation and free will Oliver Sensen
    9. The elusive story of Kant's permissive laws B. Sharon Byrd
    10. On the logic of imputation in the Vigilantius lecture notes Joachim Hruschka
    Part III. Ethics:
    11. Freedom, ends, and the derivation of duties in the Vigilantius notes Paul Guyer
    12. Proper self-esteem and duties to oneself Lara Denis
    13. Virtue, self-mastery, and the autocracy of practical reason Anne Margaret Baxley
    14. Love Jeanine Grenberg
    15. Love of honor, emulation, and the psychology of the devilish vices Houston Smit and Mark Timmons
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  • Editors

    Lara Denis, Agnes Scott College, Decatur
    Lara Denis is Professor of Philosophy at Agnes Scott College. She is the editor of Kant's Metaphysics of Morals: A Critical Guide (Cambridge, 2010), and has published numerous essays in journals and books, including in Kant-Studien, Kantian Review and Philosophy and Phenomenological Research, and Kant's Tugendlehre: A Comprehensive Commentary (2013), Perfecting Virtue: New Essays in Kantian Ethics and Virtue Ethics (Cambridge, 2011) and The Cambridge Companion to Kant and Modern Philosophy (Cambridge, 2006).

    Oliver Sensen, Tulane University, Louisiana
    Oliver Sensen is Associate Professor and Director of Graduate Studies in Philosophy at Tulane University. He is the author of Kant on Human Dignity (2011), editor of Kant on Moral Autonomy (Cambridge, 2012), and co-editor of Kant's Tugendlehre (2013).


    J. B. Schneewind, Lara Denis, Oliver Sensen, Stefano Bacin, Patrick R. Frierson, Manfred Kuehn, Jens Timmermann, Robert B. Louden, Stephen Engstrom, Allen W. Wood, B. Sharon Byrd, Joachim Hruschka, Paul Guyer, Anne Margaret Baxley, Jeanine Grenberg, Houston Smit, Mark Timmons

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