Moral and Political Prudence in Kant

Abstract
This paper challenges the standard view that Kant ignored the role of prudence in moral life by arguing that there are two notions of prudence at work in his moral and political thought. First, prudence is ordinarily understood as a technical imperative of skill that consists in reasoning about the means to achieve a particular conditional end. Second, prudence functions as a secondary form of practical thought that plays a significant role in the development of applied moral and political judgment. The political judgment of citizens and politicians is prudence regulatively guided by right and virtue. As informed by regulative ideas, prudential judgment negotiates the demands of these ideas in relation to the cultural, political, and social realities of a particular form of life. This sense of prudence is empirically informed and involves a context-sensitive application of morality as well as conceptions of individual and general welfare
Keywords Catholic Tradition  Contemporary Philosophy  History of Philosophy
Categories (categorize this paper)
ISBN(s) 0019-0365
DOI 10.5840/ipq200444326
Options
 Save to my reading list
Follow the author(s)
Edit this record
My bibliography
Export citation
Find it on Scholar
Mark as duplicate
Request removal from index
Revision history
Download options
Our Archive


Upload a copy of this paper     Check publisher's policy     Papers currently archived: 30,798
External links

Setup an account with your affiliations in order to access resources via your University's proxy server
Configure custom proxy (use this if your affiliation does not provide a proxy)
Through your library
References found in this work BETA

No references found.

Add more references

Citations of this work BETA

No citations found.

Add more citations

Similar books and articles
Can Morality Do Without Prudence?David Kaspar - 2011 - Philosophia 39 (2):311-326.
The Trouble with Prudence.Anthony Simon Laden - 2009 - Philosophical Explorations 12 (1):19 – 40.
Prudence Gone Wild.Nancy M. Rourke - 2011 - Environmental Ethics 33 (3):249-266.
Kant on Happiness in the Moral Life.Gary Watson - 1983 - Philosophy Research Archives 9:79-108.
Prudential Reason in Kant's Anthropology.Patrick Kain - 2003 - In Brian Jacobs & Patrick Kain (eds.), Essays on Kant's Anthropology. Cambridge University Press. pp. 230--265.
Pagan Virtue and Christian Prudence.Charles Pinches - 1995 - Journal of Religious Ethics 23 (1):93 - 115.
Prudence.Phillip Bricker - 1980 - Journal of Philosophy 77 (7):381-401.
Prudence and Anti-Prudence.Evan Simpson - 1998 - American Philosophical Quarterly 35 (1):73 - 86.
Silent Prudence.Donald W. Bruckner - 2009 - Philosophical Explorations 12 (3):349-364.
Medieval Consideration and Moral Pace.David A. Clairmont - 2013 - Journal of Religious Ethics 41 (1):79-111.
Added to PP index
2011-01-06

Total downloads
21 ( #245,282 of 2,202,422 )

Recent downloads (6 months)
1 ( #300,203 of 2,202,422 )

How can I increase my downloads?

Monthly downloads
My notes
Sign in to use this feature