Kantian rigorism and mitigating circumstances

Ethics 117 (1):32–57 (2006)

Tamar Schapiro
Massachusetts Institute of Technology
A task of any moral theory is to account for both the rigidity and the flexibility of moral rules. Utilitarianism faces the problem of building rigidity into a framework that tends towards objectionable flexibility. Kantianism faces the problem of building flexibility into a framework that tends towards objectionable rigidity. I offer an argument on this front on behalf of Kantians. I show how Kantians can maintain that actions are right and wrong "in themselves," while still maintaining that such actions can be corrupted under certain "nonideal" circumstances.
Keywords exceptions  Kantian ethics  nonideal theory
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DOI 10.1086/508036
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