Kant's Categories of Freedom

In Kant - Analysen, Probleme, Kritik (English translation of 1988 article) (2013)

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Susanne Bobzien
Oxford University
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ABSTRACT: A general interpretation and close textual analysis of Kant’s theory of the categories of freedom (or categories of practical reason) in his Critique of Practical Reason. My main concerns in the paper are the following: (1) I show that Kant’s categories of freedom have primarily three functions: as conditions of the possibility for actions (i) to be free, (ii) to be comprehensible as free and (iii) to be morally evaluated. (2) I show that for Kant actions, although qua theoretical objects they are always already constituted by means of the theoretical categories, qua practical objects (objects of reason in its practical use, i.e. objects qua possibly good or bad) they are constituted by means of the categories of freedom; and that it is only in this way that actions, qua phenomena, can be a consequence of freedom, and can be understood and evaluated as such. (3) Since Kant's presentation of his theory of the Categories of Freedom is extremely brief, Kant's parallel theory of the theoretical categories in his Critique of Pure Reason is used as a guide for the interpretation of the practical categories and their systematic relevance. (Translation by Alex Worsnip, reviewed and approved by the author.)
Keywords Kant  Categories of freedom  Kant's theory of action  Kant's Ethics  Critique of Practical Reason  Kant's Categories of Freedom  Kant's theory of freedom  Kantian Ethics  Kant's Moral philosophy  Kant's Categories
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