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Kant on Reflection and Virtue

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  • Date Published: April 2018
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  • isbn: 9781108664592

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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.

    • 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
    • availability: This ISBN is for an eBook version which is distributed on our behalf by a third party.
  • 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

  • Author

    Melissa Merritt, University of New South Wales, Sydney
    Melissa Merritt is Senior Lecturer in philosophy at the University of New South Wales. She has published widely on Kant's theoretical and practical philosophy in journals including Philosophical Quarterly, European Journal of Philosophy, Southern Journal of Philosophy, British Journal for the History of Philosophy, and Kantian Review.  

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