Is Kant’s Thinker (as Such) a Free and Responsible Agent?

Patricia Kitcher

in Kant’s Thinker

Published in print January 2011 | ISBN: 9780199754823
Published online January 2011 | e-ISBN: 9780199855889 | DOI:
Is Kant’s Thinker (as Such) a Free and Responsible Agent?

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Both Kant scholars (Henry Allison) and Kant enthusiasts (Akeel Bilgrami) have appealed to the Critique to support the assimilation of cognition to responsible moral action. This approach is encouraged by Kant’s claim that there is only one reason, so theoretical and practical reason must be one and the same. This chapter argues that Kant’s mature moral theory underlies his earlier claim about ‘one reason’ and that, together, his cognitive theory and his mature moral theory imply that the differences between the activities involved in rational cognition and in moral deliberation and moral action are at least as consequential as their similarities.

Keywords: unity of reason; rational cognition; moral action; Henry Allison

Chapter.  5598 words. 

Subjects: History of Western Philosophy

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