Kant and the Problem of Ethical Metaphysics


The ethical philosophies of Kant and Levinas would seem, on the surface, to be incompatible. In this essay. I attempt to reconcile them by situating Levinas’s philosophy “beneath” Kant’s as its existential condition thereby addressing two shortcomings in each of their works, for Kant. the apparent difficulty of making ethics apply to real concrete cases, and, for Levinas, the apparent difficulty of establishing a normative ethics that can offer prescriptions for moral behavior. My general thesis is that the existential ethical terrainunearthed by Levinas turns Kantian when transposed into the rational order

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Anthony Beavers
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Violence and Metaphysics.”.Jacques Derrida - 2005 - In Claire Elise Katz & Lara Trout (eds.), Emmanuel Levinas. Routledge. pp. 1--88.
Transcendence and Evil.Emmanuel Levinas - 1983 - Analecta Husserliana 14:153.
Humanism and An-archy.E. Levinas, Hsien & Chang - 2010 - Modern Philosophy 6:49-56.

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