Schneewind, J. B. “Autonomy, Obligation, and Virtue: An Overview of Kant’s Moral Philosophy.” In The Cambridge Companion to Kant. Edited by Paul Guyer, 309–341. Cambridge, UK: Cambridge University Press, 1992. DOI:
When considering the role of emotion in ethical decisions, one must consider the contrasting views of Immanuel Kant, an 18th Prussian philosopher that focussed his philosophies around the doctrine of reason, in comparison to that of John Stewart Mill, a 19th century British philosopher that followed the...
Focuses on such foundational topics as the critical method, the good will, duty, reverence for the law, the intelligible world, and freedom—and especially the categorical imperative. Its influence on English-language Kant scholarship would be difficult to overstate.
Immanuel Kant believed individual thought to be the framework by which the individual was able to determine the appropriate category into which one thought process or pattern would fit over another.
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Introduction According to Immanuel Kant the driving force behind our actions should be dictated by what is inherently good as sole consideration and not be based upon the effects of what such actions may produce such as the case in the consequentialist theory of cause.
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Readers who wish to understand Kant’s ethics within the context of his philosophy as a whole will find an illuminating introduction. Several chapters are devoted to Kant’s moral and political philosophy, as well as to aspects of Kant’s philosophy of religion, history, and nature that bear on his ethics. The book is accessible enough for advanced undergraduates and other readers new to Kant. Other selections suitable for those new to Kant are , , and . is the most comprehensive and detailed, and written with advanced undergraduates in mind. Like , can serve as a textbook. is available online and periodically updated. It provides an overview that focuses on the foundational doctrines of the , though it is not limited to them. is particularly informative with respect to Kant’s influences and intellectual context and development. The remaining four selections are highly influential books. is especially worth reading on the categorical imperative and its formulations. is especially important when it comes to topics of maxim formulation and the contradiction tests of the first formulation of the categorical imperative. is particularly valuable for the discussion of freedom. is the most wide ranging and the most interested in drawing on Kant’s work in practical anthropology.
[tags: Immanuel Kant, physics, ethics, logic]
Accessible enough for undergraduates, but sufficiently distinctive in its interpretations as to be of interest to more advanced readers. Brings Kant’s philosophies of nature, history, and religion to bear on his ethics; discusses Kant’s philosophy of right in addition to his theory of virtue. Overview of Kant’s entire philosophical system.