Autonomy, progress and virtue : why Kant has nothing to fear from the overdemandingness objection

Kantian Review 23 (3):379-397 (2018)
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Is Kant?s ethical theory too demanding? Do its commands ask too much of us, either by calling for self-sacrifice on particular occasions, or by pervading our lives to the extent that there is no room for permissible action? In this article, I argue that Kant?s ethics is very demanding, but not excessively so. The notion of?latitude? does not help. But we need to bear in mind that moral laws are self-imposed and cannot be externally enforced; that?right action? is not a category of Kantian ethics? there is a more and a less, and lack of perfection does not entail vice; and that only practice makes perfect, i.e. how much virtue can realistically be expected can vary from agent to agent. The principle that?ought? is limited by?can? is firmly entrenched in Kant?s ethical thought.
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