Kant and Gewirth

Beryck Beyleveld and Roger Brownsword

in Human Dignity in Bioethics and Biolaw

Published in print July 1993 | ISBN: 9780198268260
Published online March 2012 | e-ISBN: 9780191683473 | DOI:

Series: Human Dignity in Bioethics and Biolaw

Kant and Gewirth

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This chapter discusses the moral theories of Kant and Gewirth. Both Kant and Gewirth agree that (a) morality purports to impose categorically binding standards for action; (b) there is a supreme principle of morality, which actually is categorically binding; (c) a principle can be justified as categorically binding only by demonstrating that it is an absolutely unconditional requirement of reason.

Keywords: moral theories; Kant; Gewirth; morality; principle; reason

Chapter.  11780 words. 

Subjects: Jurisprudence and Philosophy of Law

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