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Kant on Moral Autonomy

Oliver Sensen, Thomas E. Hill, Jr, Andrews Reath, Karl Ameriks, Paul Guyer, Richard Velkley, Susan Meld Shell, Henry E. Allison, J. B. Schneewind, Katrin Flikschuh, Heiner F. Klemme, Jens Timmermann, Dieter Schönecker, Philip Stratton-Lake, Onora O'Neill
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  • Date Published: February 2015
  • availability: Available
  • format: Paperback
  • isbn: 9781107492035


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  • The concept of autonomy is one of Kant's central legacies for contemporary moral thought. We often invoke autonomy as both a moral ideal and a human right, especially a right to determine oneself independently of foreign determinants; indeed, to violate a person's autonomy is considered to be a serious moral offence. Yet while contemporary philosophy claims Kant as the originator of its notion of autonomy, Kant's own conception of the term seems to differ in important respects from our present-day interpretation. Kant on Moral Autonomy brings together a distinguished group of scholars who explore the following questions: what is Kant's conception of autonomy? What is its history and its influence on contemporary conceptions? And what is its moral significance? Their essays will be of interest both to scholars and students working on Kantian moral philosophy and to anyone interested in the subject of autonomy.

    • Readers can gain insight into a key concept of our times that was first 'invented' by Kant
    • Topic is of central concern to both Kant scholarship and contemporary moral thought
    • Readers new to the subject get an excellent overview in one volume, while more knowledgeable readers will find this collection of new work unmissable
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    'This rich collection of essays, many inspired by or referencing the work of Onora O'Neill, offers various perspectives on autonomy in Kant with some effort to draw relations to other issues in moral theory.' Frederick Rauscher, Journal of the History of Philosophy

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    • Date Published: February 2015
    • format: Paperback
    • isbn: 9781107492035
    • length: 314 pages
    • dimensions: 228 x 152 x 17 mm
    • weight: 0.46kg
    • availability: Available
  • Table of Contents

    Introduction Oliver Sensen
    Part I. Kant's Conception of Autonomy:
    1. Kantian autonomy and contemporary ideas of autonomy Thomas E. Hill, Jr
    2. Kant's conception of autonomy of the will Andrews Reath
    3. Vindicating autonomy Karl Ameriks
    4. Progress toward autonomy Paul Guyer
    Part II. The History and Influence of Kant's Conception of Autonomy:
    5. Transcending nature, unifying reason: on Kant's debt to Rousseau Richard Velkley
    6. Kant and the 'paradox' of autonomy Susan Meld Shell
    7. Autonomy in Kant and German Idealism Henry E. Allison
    8. Autonomy after Kant J. B. Schneewind
    9. Personal autonomy and public authority Katrin Flikschuh
    Part III. The Relevance of Kant's Conception for Contemporary Moral Philosophy:
    10. Moralized nature, naturalized autonomy Heiner F. Klemme
    11. Autonomy and moral regard for ends Jens Timmermann
    12. 'A free will and a will under moral laws are the same' Dieter Schönecker
    13. Morality and autonomy Philip Stratton-Lake
    14. The moral importance of autonomy Oliver Sensen
    Postscript Onora O'Neill.

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


    Oliver Sensen, Thomas E. Hill, Jr, Andrews Reath, Karl Ameriks, Paul Guyer, Richard Velkley, Susan Meld Shell, Henry E. Allison, J. B. Schneewind, Katrin Flikschuh, Heiner F. Klemme, Jens Timmermann, Dieter Schönecker, Philip Stratton-Lake, Onora O'Neill

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