David Bourget (Western Ontario)
David Chalmers (ANU, NYU)
Rafael De Clercq
Jack Alan Reynolds
Learn more about PhilPapers
Journal of the History of Philosophy 26 (4):593-619 (1988)
This paper develops an interpretation of what is essential to kant's doctrine of the highest good, Which defends it while also explaining why it is often rejected. While it is commonly viewed as a theological ideal in which happiness is proportioned to virtue, The paper gives an account in which neither feature appears. The highest good is best understood as a state of affairs to be achieved through human agency, Containing the moral perfection of all individuals and the satisfaction of their permissible ends-I.E., One in which all act from the moral law and in doing so achieve their intended ends. The paper shows that the texts contain two distinct conceptions not distinguished by kant-Both a theological and a secular (political) notion. The standard objections apply to the theological, But the secular conception is consistent with kant's conception of moral conduct. Moreover, That the highest good is introduced as an end to be constructed out of the moral law indicates that the secular version is the essential notion
|Keywords||No keywords specified (fix it)|
|Categories||categorize this paper)|
Setup an account with your affiliations in order to access resources via your University's proxy server
Configure custom proxy (use this if your affiliation does not provide a proxy)
|Through your library|
References found in this work BETA
No references found.
Citations of this work BETA
Lea Ypi (2010). Natura Daedala Rerum? On the Justification of Historical Progress in Kant’s ‘Guarantee of Perpetual Peace'. Kantian Review 14 (2):103-135.
Eoin O'Connell (2012). Happiness Proportioned to Virtue: Kant and the Highest Good. Kantian Review 17 (2):257-279.
John H. Zammito (2008). A Text of Two Titles: Kant's 'a Renewed Attempt to Answer the Question: “Is the Human Race Continually Improving?'''. Studies in History and Philosophy of Science Part A 39 (4):535-545.
Similar books and articles
Pauline Kleingeld (2006). Kant’s Theory of Peace. In Paul Guyer (ed.), Cambridge Companion to Kant and Modern Philosophy. Cambridge University Press.
Paul Formosa (2011). Kant on the Highest Moral-Physical Good: The Social Aspect of Kant's Moral Philosophy. Kantian Review 15 (1):1-36.
Robert S. Taylor (2010). Kant's Political Religion: The Transparency of Perpetual Peace and the Highest Good. Review of Politics 72 (1):1-24.
Paul Guyer (2003). Beauty, Systematicity, and the Highest Good: Eckart Förster's Kant's Final Synthesis. Inquiry 46 (2):195 – 214.
Lara Ostaric (2010). Works of Genius as Sensible Exhibitions of the Idea of the Highest Good. Kant-Studien 101 (1):22-39.
Pauline Kleingeld (1995). What Do the Virtuous Hope For?: Re-Reading Kant's Doctrine of the Highest Good. In Hoke Robinson (ed.), Proceedings of the Eighth International Kant Congress, Memphis 1995. Marquette University Press.
Edmund Morris Miller (1928). Moral Law and the Highest Good: A Study of Kant's Doctrine of the Highest Good. Melbourne, Macmillan & Co. Ltd. In Association with the Melbourne University Press.
Lara Denis (2005). Autonomy and the Highest Good. Kantian Review 10 (1):33-59.
Curtis Bowman (2003). A Deduction of Kant's Concept of the Highest Good. Journal of Philosophical Research 28:45-63.
Roe Fremstedal (2011). The Concept of the Highest Good in Kierkegaard and Kant. International Journal for Philosophy of Religion 69 (3):155-171.
Added to index2009-01-28
Total downloads56 ( #30,628 of 1,101,813 )
Recent downloads (6 months)4 ( #91,766 of 1,101,813 )
How can I increase my downloads?