Southwest Philosophy Review 28 (1):121-133 (2012)

Reshef Agam-Segal
Virginia Military Institute
I make a case for a non-Aristotelian reading of Kant’s moral philosophy. In particular, I distinguish between two activities called “self-legislation”: Aristotelian and Kantian. Aristotelian self-legislation is the activity of determining the organizing principle of our own practical life. Every action of ours takes part in this project, which is thus part of the principle of every action. In contrast, not all actions are acts of Kantian self-legislation. To legislate for ourselves in this sense is to be involved in an internal legal drama in which we demand of ourselves, by an internal force, to respect moral duties. Moral normativity, I argue, is thus separatedfrom practical normativity in general. Kant’s notion of self-legislation is part of an attempt to substantiate an absolute conception of morality: to substantiate the idea that our value is higher than that of other things, and yet incomparable. I argue that the notion of self-legislation cannot be part of such an account if understood the Aristotelian way.
Keywords kant  aristotle  ethics  Self-Legislation
Categories (categorize this paper)
ISBN(s) 0897-2346
DOI 10.5840/swphilreview201228113
Edit this record
Mark as duplicate
Export citation
Find it on Scholar
Request removal from index
Revision history

Download options

PhilArchive copy

Upload a copy of this paper     Check publisher's policy     Papers currently archived: 71,316
External links

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.

Add more references

Citations of this work BETA

Add more citations

Similar books and articles

Kant's Non-Aristotelian Conception of Morality.Reshef Agam-Segal - 2012 - Sounthwest Philosophy Review 28 (1):121-133.
Kant's Conception of Human Dignity.Oliver Sensen - 2009 - Kant Studien 100 (3):309-331.
Self-Legislation in Kant's Moral Philosophy.Patrick Kain - 2004 - Archiv für Geschichte der Philosophie 86 (3):257-306.
The Supreme Principle of Morality.Allen W. Wood - 2006 - In Paul Guyer (ed.), The Cambridge Companion to Kant and Modern Philosophy. Cambridge University Press. pp. 342--80.
When Evolutionary Game Theory Explains Morality, What Does It Explain?Justin D'arms - 2000 - Journal of Consciousness Studies 7 (1-2):296-299.
Continuity in the History of Autonomy.T. H. Irwin - 2011 - Inquiry: An Interdisciplinary Journal of Philosophy 54 (5):442 - 459.
Strawson and Kant on Being 'I'.Jan Kuneš - 2009 - Organon F: Medzinárodný Časopis Pre Analytickú Filozofiu 16 (4):493-509.


Added to PP index

Total views
23 ( #495,309 of 2,519,316 )

Recent downloads (6 months)
4 ( #167,254 of 2,519,316 )

How can I increase my downloads?


My notes