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Kant on Responsibility for Consequences

Thomas E. Hill

in Respect, Pluralism, and Justice

Published in print March 2000 | ISBN: 9780198238348
Published online November 2003 | e-ISBN: 9780191597688 | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1093/0198238347.003.0007
 Kant on Responsibility for Consequences

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Moves beyond time‐worn debates as to whether we can determine what we ought to do independently of the predicted consequences. Rather, the questions concern moral blame and liability for the bad consequences of our deeds after we have acted. The essay interprets and examines objections to the answers suggested by Kant's remarks in The Metaphysics of Morals. If Kant's principles are construed as moral (rather than legal) guidelines, some objections miss the mark, but Kant's position is not adequately sensitive to differences in contexts.

Keywords: blame; consequences; Kant; liability; responsibility; The Metaphysics of Morals

Chapter.  8809 words. 

Subjects: Moral Philosophy

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