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    Reconstructing the grounding of Kant's ethics: a critical assessment

    Onof, Chris (2009) Reconstructing the grounding of Kant's ethics: a critical assessment. Kant Studien 100 (4), pp. 496-517. ISSN 1613-1134.

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    Kant's attempts to provide a foundation for morality are examined, with particular focus upon the fact of reason proof in the second Critique. The reconstructions proposed by Allison and Korsgaard are analysed in detail. Although analogous in many ways, they ultimately differ in their understanding of the relation between this proof and that presented in the Groundwork of the Metaphysics of Morals. A synthesis of the two reconstructions is proposed which amounts to combining Korsgaard's awareness of the issue of agent-situatedness, with Allison's emphasis upon the pivotal role of the notion of transcendental freedom. The reconstructed proof relies upon a teleological assumption about human agency, and thus does not provide an unconditional grounding for the moral law. After a brief examination of contemporary approaches to the grounding of a universal morality in the broadly Kantian tradition, the paper concludes with a suggestion as to how the value of freedom can form the core of an adequate response to reason's demand for such a ground.


    Item Type: Article
    Keyword(s) / Subject(s): kierkegaard, faith, fact of reason, highest good
    School: Birkbeck Faculties and Schools > Faculty of Humanities and Social Sciences > School of Historical Studies
    Depositing User: Sarah Hall
    Date Deposited: 02 Dec 2014 15:57
    Last Modified: 02 Aug 2023 17:14


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