Kant on Reflection and Virtue

Cambridge: Cambridge University Press (2018)
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There can be no doubt that Kant thought we should be reflective: we ought to care to make up our own minds about how things are and what is worth doing. Philosophical objections to the Kantian reflective ideal have centred on concerns about the excessive control that the reflective person is supposed to exert over her own mental life, and Kantians who feel the force of these objections have recently drawn attention to Kant’s conception of moral virtue as it is developed in his later work, chiefly the Metaphysics of Morals. Melissa Merritt’s book is a distinctive contribution to this recent turn to virtue in Kant scholarship. Merritt argues that we need a clearer, and textually more comprehensive, account of what reflection is, in order not only to understand Kant’s account of virtue, but also to appreciate how it effectively rebuts long-standing objections to the Kantian reflective ideal.

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Melissa M Merritt
University of New South Wales

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Religion and Rational Theology: The Cambridge Edition of the Works of Immanuael Kant.Immanuel Kant, Allen W. Wood & George Di Giovanni (eds.) - 1996 - Cambridge, UK: Cambridge UP. Translated by George Di Giovanni, Mary J. Gregor & Allen W. Wood.

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