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Objective Imperatives

An Exploration of Kant's Moral Philosophy

Ralph C. S. Walker

Objective Imperatives

Objective Imperatives

An Exploration of Kant's Moral Philosophy

Objective Imperatives

 

Objective Imperatives defends the validity of Kant's Categorical Imperative as an account of objective moral imperatives. Ralph C. S. Walker argues that most of the common objections can be shown to be due to misunderstandings.


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Beschrijving Objective Imperatives

Kant held the moral law to be an objective imperative, an entity in its own right. It carries with it prescriptive force, in parallel to other principles of pure reason, like those of logic and mathematics. Objective imperatives therefore do not derive their authority from any other source, such as common consensus or the will of God. In Objective Imperatives, Ralph C. S. Walker seeks to show that this is a highly defensible view: Kant's Categorical
Imperative, properly understood, is broadly right. The key to it is rationality, and not universality, which functions only as an approximate test. Often, Kant sets the matter out badly, and most of the common objections to him can be shown to be due to misunderstandings. A morality that gives us an objective
imperative does appear incompatible with the determinism to which Kant commits himself, but Walker argues that this appearance is misleading.


ISBN
9780192857064
Pagina's
208
Verschenen
NUR
730
Druk
1
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Hardback
Taal
Engels
Uitgever
OUP Oxford

Filosofie