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Kant on the Good Will

Karl Ameriks

in Interpreting Kant's Critiques

Published in print August 2003 | ISBN: 9780199247318
Published online January 2005 | e-ISBN: 9780191601699 | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1093/0199247315.003.0008
 Kant on the Good Will

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Focuses on a normative question central to the beginning of Kant’s Groundwork, the concept of a good will. After distinguishing three varieties of the concept that can be constructed from Kant’s writings and criticizing several recent readings concerning them, it concludes that one can make the best sense of Kant’s intentions here by connecting the good will not to an individual act or perfect attitude but to the entirety of one’s character. Once this is done, however, there remain some very hard to understand basic features of Kant’s notion of character: his account of temptation, and his claim that we all can and should go through a fundamental moral conversion.

Keywords: character; conversion; good will; motivation; temptation; unconditional value; will

Chapter.  10328 words. 

Subjects: History of Western Philosophy

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