Kant's Impure Ethics

Kant's Impure Ethics : From Rational Beings to Human Beings

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This is the first book-length study in any language to examine in detail and critically assess the second part of Kant's ethics-an empirical, impure part, which determines how best to apply pure principles to the human situation. Drawing attention to Kant's under-explored impure ethics, this revealing investigation refutes the common and long-standing misperception that Kant's ethics advocates empty formalism. Making detailed use of a variety of Kantian texts never before translated into English, author Robert B. Louden reassesses the strengths and weaknesses of Kantian ethics as a whole, once the second part is re-admitted to its rightful place within Kant's practical philosophy.show more

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  • Hardback | 272 pages
  • 152.4 x 228.6 x 17.8mm | 576.07g
  • Oxford University Press Inc
  • New York, United States
  • English
  • New.
  • 0195130413
  • 9780195130416

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Louden's study is enlivened by some fascinating apocrypha and anecdotes. * Justin Oakley, TLS, 6 July 2001 * clear and competent study * Andrea Esser, The Philosophical Quarterly * Louden not only considers Kant's own writings, but also offers the reader extensive material from Kant's lectures, as well as notes by his auditors that have not yet been translated into English * Andrea Esser, The Philosophical Quarterly *show more

Table of contents

Preface ; INTRODUCTION ; Chapter 1. What is Impure Ethics? ; FIELDS OF IMPURITY ; Chapter 2. Education ; Chapter 3. Anthropology ; Chapter 4. Art and Religion ; Chapter 5. History ; CONCLUSION ; Chapter 6. Saved by Impurity? ; References ; Indexshow more

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