Conclusion: The Battle for Autonomy

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)

Conclusion: The Battle for Autonomy

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The conclusion reviews the historical debate about the meaning of autonomy to enter the contemporary one. Many contemporary Kantians seek to counter the charge of relativism or nihilism by maintaining that Kant provides a true account of morality for imperfectly rational being such as ourselves. The problem with this approach is that it freezes Kantianism—and the Enlightenment—in its original eighteenth-century form. The task of autonomy requires those inspired by Kant's writings to think creatively about how to welcome new religious constituencies into the twenty-first century Enlightenment.

Keywords: Autonomy; Relativism; Nihilism

Chapter.  3811 words. 

Subjects: Social and Political Philosophy

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