Kantian Autonomy and the Moral Self

Review of Metaphysics 62 (2):355-381 (2008)

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Eric Wilson
Georgia State University
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This essay examines the connection between the concept of autonomy and the concept of an ideal, moral self in Kant’s practical philosophy. Its central thesis is that self-legislation does not rest on the capacity to exempt oneself from nature’s causal network. Instead, it rests on the practical capacity for identification with what Kant calls an individual’s “moral personality.” A person’s ability to identify with this morally ideal version of himself gives shape to his will, enabling him to decide how to act on the basis of reasons that do not stem from desires or inclinations. It thus makes possible a form of volition that is autonomous rather than heteronomous
Keywords Catholic Tradition  Contemporary Philosophy  General Interest
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