Kant and the duty to promote one’s own happiness

Inquiry: An Interdisciplinary Journal of Philosophy 65 (3):1-12 (2022)
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Abstract

In his discussion of the duty of benevolence in §27 of the Metaphysics of Morals, Kant argues that agents have no obligation to promote their own happiness, for ‘this happens unavoidably’ (MS, AA 6:451). In this paper I argue that Kant should not have said this. I argue that Kant should have conceded that agents do have an obligation to promote their own happiness.

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Samuel J. M. Kahn
Indiana University Purdue University, Indianapolis

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