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Kantian Analysis: From Duty to Autonomy

Thomas E. Hill

in Human Welfare and Moral Worth

Published in print July 2002 | ISBN: 9780199252633
Published online November 2003 | e-ISBN: 9780191597695 | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1093/0199252637.003.0002
Kantian Analysis: From Duty to Autonomy

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Distinguishes basic and more extreme ideas underlying three related Kantian themes: that fundamental questions of moral philosophy require an a priori method, that moral duties are conceived as categorical imperatives, and that moral agents have autonomy of the will. Arguably, an a priori method is needed for analysis and assessment of rationality claims, and we can act on moral reasons implicit in the humanity formula without a sense of constraint or an objectionably impartial attitude. The idea of a noumenal world is not a premise of Kantian ethics, but a conclusion to which Kant thought his ethics inevitably led.

Keywords: a priori method; autonomy; categorical imperatives; humanity formula; impartial; Kant; Kantian ethics; moral duties; noumenal

Chapter.  10875 words. 

Subjects: Moral Philosophy

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