Kant on Detective Fiction

Journal of Value Inquiry 17 (1):53-64 (1983)
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Robert Zaslavsky
New School for Social Research
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The author examines the way in which the code of the hard-boiled detective, as exemplified especially in Dashiell Hammett's novels, is a crude but accurate version of the Kantian ethics of duty, an ethics that is quintessentially modern.
Keywords Dashiell Hammett  Red Harvest  The Maltese Falcon  Continental Op  Thomas De Quincey  On Murder Considered as One of the Fine Arts  Immanuel Kant  Hobbes  Modern Philosophy  Universalization of maxim
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DOI 10.1007/BF00159683
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