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Kantian Courage

Nicholas Tampio

in Kantian Courage

Published by Fordham University Press

Published in print September 2012 | ISBN: 9780823245000
Published online January 2013 | e-ISBN: 9780823250707 | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.5422/fordham/9780823245000.003.0002

Series: Just Ideas (FUP)

Kantian Courage

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This chapter interprets Kant's conception of courage and its implications for contemporary political thinking. The chapter begins by examining Kant's reflections on courage in the Groundwork of the Metaphysics of Morals, the 1784 essay on Enlightenment, and the Anthropology from a Pragmatic Point of View. The chapter then considers how contemporary political theorists inflect Kantian courage as apology, jurisprudence, and critique. Finally, the chapter argues that the Enlightenment ethos ought to combine the activities of defence, legislation, and transgression.

Keywords: Courage; Kant; Apology; Jurisprudence; Critique; general/particular binary; China; Russia; United States; strangeness

Chapter.  16790 words. 

Subjects: Social and Political Philosophy

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