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Kant´s Search for the Supreme Principle of Morality - Samuel J. Kerstein

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At the core of Kant's ethics lies the claim that if there is a supreme principle of morality then it cannot be a principle based on utilitarianism or Aristotelian perfectionism or the Ten Commandments. The only viable candidate for such a principle is the categorical imperative. This book is the most detailed investigation of this claim. It constructs a new, criterial reading of Kant's derivation of one version of the categorical imperative: the Formula of Universal Law. This reading shows this derivation to be far more compelling than contemporary philosophers tend to believe. It also reveals a novel approach to deriving another version of the categorical imperative, the Formula of Humanity, a principle widely considered to be the most attractive Kantian candidate for the supreme principle of morality. This book will be important not just for Kant scholars but for a broad swathe of students of philosophy.

Author: Kerstein, Samuel J.
Publisher: Cambridge University Press
Illustration: N
Language: ENG
Title: Kant's Search for the Supreme Principle of Morality
Pages: 00000 (Encrypted PDF)
On Sale: 1998-05-01
SKU-13/ISBN: 9780521810890
Category: Philosophy : History & Surveys - General
Category: Philosophy : Ethics & Moral Philosophy


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