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Creating the Kingdom of Ends

Creating the Kingdom of Ends


  • Date Published: October 1996
  • availability: Available
  • format: Paperback
  • isbn: 9780521499620

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  • Christine Korsgaard has become one of the leading interpreters of Kant's moral philosophy. She is identified with a small group of philosophers who are intent on producing a version of Kant's moral philosophy that is at once sensitive to its historical roots while revealing its particular relevance to contemporary problems. She rejects the traditional picture of Kant's ethics as a cold vision of the moral life which emphasises duty at the expense of love and value. Rather, Kant's work is seen as providing a resource for addressing not only the metaphysics of morals, but also for tackling practical questions about personal relations, politics, and everyday human interaction. This collection contains some of the finest current work on Kant's ethics and will command the attention of all those involved in teaching and studying moral theory.

    • A collection of major essays on Kant by a leading interpreter of his work
    • The first half can serve as a commentary on Kant's most widely read work, The Groundwork to the Metaphysics of Morals
    • The author compares and contrasts Kant's views with influential contemporary moral philosophers: Bernard Williams, Thomas Nagel, and Derek Parfit
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    Product details

    • Date Published: October 1996
    • format: Paperback
    • isbn: 9780521499620
    • length: 464 pages
    • dimensions: 226 x 159 x 29 mm
    • weight: 0.67kg
    • availability: Available
  • Table of Contents

    Part I. Kant's Moral Philosophy:
    1. An introduction to the ethical, political, and religious thought of Kant
    2. Kant's analysis of obligation: the argument of Groundwork I
    3. Kant's formula of universal law
    4. Kant's formula of humanity
    5. The right to lie: Kant on dealing with evil
    6. Morality as freedom
    7. Creating the kingdom of ends: reciprocity and responsibility in personal relations
    Part II. Comparative Essays:
    8. Aristotle and Kant on the source of value
    9. Two distinctions in goodness
    10. The reasons we can share: an attack on the distinction between agent-relative and agent-neutral values
    11. Skepticism about practical reason
    12. Two arguments against lying
    13. Personal identity and the unity of agency: a Kantian response to Parfit.

  • Author

    Christine M. Korsgaard, Harvard University, Massachusetts

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