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Gewirth and the Project of Entailment

Margaret Moore

in Foundations of Liberalism

Published in print February 1993 | ISBN: 9780198273851
Published online November 2003 | e-ISBN: 9780191599934 | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1093/0198273851.003.0002
 Gewirth and the Project of Entailment

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This chapter examines the Kantian argument put forward by Alan Gewirth in Reason and Morality, that morality, which is identified with liberal principles of justice, is entailed in the standpoint of self‐interest, and can be discerned through the exercise of theoretical reason. This chapter argues that it fails to overcome the dualisms that bedevilled Kant's version of this argument.

Keywords: Alan Gewirth; justice; Immanuel Kant; Morality; reason; self‐interest; universalizability

Chapter.  9655 words. 

Subjects: Political Theory

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