Self-Improvement as an Imperfect Duty<sup>1</sup>

Robert N. Johnson

in Self-Improvement

Published in print October 2011 | ISBN: 9780199599349
Published online January 2012 | e-ISBN: 9780191731556 | DOI:
Self-Improvement as an Imperfect Duty1

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This chapter is primarily expository. The author’s aim is to describe as carefully as possible the nature and extent of the Kantian obligation of self-improvement. The author discusses the significance of the fact that this obligation is imperfect in the sense that it requires the pursuit of a goal rather than the performance of any particular actions, as do perfect obligations. Having described the obligation, the five different models of moral failure, with regard to this obligation, are then considered.

Keywords: Categorical Imperative; duties to oneself; human capacities; humanity; imperfect duties; Kant; obligatory ends; perfection

Chapter.  12015 words. 

Subjects: Moral Philosophy

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