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Kant and the Moral Demand

JOHN E. HARE

in The Moral Gap

Published in print May 1997 | ISBN: 9780198269571
Published online October 2011 | e-ISBN: 9780191683701 | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1093/acprof:oso/9780198269571.003.0002

Series: Oxford Studies in Theological Ethics

Kant and the Moral Demand

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This chapter examines philosopher Immanuel Kant’s thoughts on moral demand. It discusses Kant’s account of what morality demands and explains what he called the categorical imperative, which he believed to the the supreme principle of morality. It analyses Kant’s ethical theory in the context of Kantian theory in contemporary literature and evaluates how this theory may be applied in dealing with the gap between moral demand and limitations of natural human capacity.

Keywords: moral demand; Immanuel Kant; categorical imperative; morality; ethical theory; natural human capacity

Chapter.  14122 words. 

Subjects: Philosophy of Religion

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