Formulating Problems

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:

Series: Just Ideas (FUP)

Formulating Problems

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In the Groundwork, Kant sets himself the project of formulating a pure moral philosophy to clarify healthy common sense and encompass virtue and right. This chapter considers how historical developments—Darwin's The Origin of Species, the Jewish Holocaust, and 9/11—problematize that ambition. The chapter then shows how Rawls and Deleuzeaddress the problems of naturalizing practical reason, confronting common sense, and envisioning pluralism. The chapter concludes by explaining how Kant scholarship may serve as a rarefied form of debate on the political left.

Keywords: Darwin; Holocaust; 9/11; Practical reason; Common sense; Pluralism; Left

Chapter.  18023 words. 

Subjects: Social and Political Philosophy

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