Virtue, Rules, and Justice: Kantian Aspirations

Oxford University Press (2012)
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Abstract

Thomas E. Hill, Jr., interprets and extends Kant's moral theory in a series of essays that highlight its relevance to contemporary ethics. He introduces the major themes of Kantian ethics and explores its practical application to questions about revolution, prison reform, and forcible interventions in other countries for humanitarian purposes.

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Kant’s Ethical Theory: An Overview

This introductory chapter presents a concise summary of major themes in Kant’s moral philosophy, broadly conceived. Topics include Kant’s a priori method for basic questions, the special features of moral judgments, the formulations of the Categorical Imperative, justice and the moral obli... see more

Kantian Constructivism as Normative Ethics

What would Kantian constructivism be like as a normative (not metaethical) theory that focused on ethical, not political questions? This chapter first reviews conceptions of the normative/metaethical distinction, general features of constructivism, and earlier versions of Kantian construct... see more

Kant’s Tugendlehre as Normative Ethics

This chapter reviews, highlights, and raises questions about themes in Kant’s Doctrine of Virtue, Part II of The Metaphysics of Morals. In a wide ranging discussion it comments briefly on the topics (1) how Kant’s normative ethics relates to science, metaphysics, metaethics, and philosophy... see more

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