David Bourget (Western Ontario)
David Chalmers (ANU, NYU)
Rafael De Clercq
Jack Alan Reynolds
Learn more about PhilPapers
Hobbes Studies 25 (1):43-65 (2012)
Kant's relation to Hobbesian voluntarism has recently become a source of controversy for the interpretation of Kant's practical philosophy. Realist interpreters, most prominently Karl Ameriks, have attacked the genealogies of Kantian autonomy suggested by J. B. Schneewind and Christine Korsgaard as misleadingly voluntarist and unacceptably anti-realist. In this debate, however, there has been no real discussion of Kant's own views about Hobbes. By examining the relation of Hobbes' voluntarism to a kind of conventionalism, and through a reading of Kant's most explicit discussion of Hobbes, in “Theory and Practice,“ 1 I argue that Kant's criticism of Hobbes is much more limited than it might first appear. Rather than rejecting Hobbes' voluntarism and conventionalism entirely, Kant ends up criticizing only Hobbes' understanding of the relation between these doctrines. The essay thus defends Schneewind's and Korsgaard's histories of modern moral philosophy, and raises doubts about realist readings of Kant's practical philosophy
|Keywords||voluntarism conventionalism Kant Hobbes original contract constructivism realism|
|Categories||categorize this paper)|
|Through your library||Configure|
References found in this work BETA
No references found.
Citations of this work BETA
No citations found.
Similar books and articles
Gabriella Slomp (2007). Kant Against Hobbes: Reasoning and Rhetoric. Journal of Moral Philosophy 4 (2):207-222.
Patrick Riley (2007). Kant Against Hobbes in Theory and Practice. Journal of Moral Philosophy 4 (2):194-206.
Katrin Flikschuh (2012). Elusive Unity: The General Will in Hobbes and Kant. Hobbes Studies 25 (1):21-42.
Sharon Anderson-Gold (2012). Philosophers of Peace: Hobbes and Kant on International Order. Hobbes Studies 25 (1):6-20.
Paul Guyer (2012). Hobbes Is of the Opposite Opinion Kant and Hobbes on the Three Authorities in the State. Hobbes Studies 25 (1):91-119.
Lara Denis (2006). Kant's Conception of Virtue. In Paul Guyer (ed.), Cambridge Companion to Kant and Modern Philosophy. Cambridge University Press.
Howard Williams (2012). Natural Right in Hobbes and Kant. Hobbes Studies 25 (1):66-90.
Robert Merrihew Adams (2004). Voluntarism and the Shape of a History. Utilitas 16 (2):124-132.
Gary B. Herbert (2004). Kant Contra Hobbes. Hobbes Studies 17 (1):3-27.
Gary B. Herbert (2012). Introduction: Hobbes and Kant. Hobbes Studies 25 (1):1-5.
Christopher Arroyo (2011). Freedom and the Source of Value: Korsgaard and Wood on Kant's Formula of Humanity. Metaphilosophy 42 (4):353-359.
Rosamond Rhodes (2011). Taking Hobbes at His Word: Comments on Morality in the Philosophy of Thomas Hobbes by S.A. Lloyd. Hobbes Studies 23 (2):170-179.
Jeremy Anderson (2012). Hobbess Demanding Consequentialism: Comments on Bernard Gerts Hobbes: Prince of Peace. Hobbes Studies 25 (2):188-198.
Added to index2012-06-16
Total downloads14 ( #95,238 of 1,088,832 )
Recent downloads (6 months)1 ( #69,666 of 1,088,832 )
How can I increase my downloads?