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Immanuel Kant's Metaphysics of Morals (1797), containing the Doctrine of Right and Doctrine of Virtue, is his final major work of practical philosophy. Its focus is not rational beings in general but human beings in particular, and it presupposes and deepens Kant's earlier accounts of morality, freedom, and moral psychology. In this volume of newly-commissioned essays, a distinguished team of contributors explores the Metaphysics of Morals in relation to Kant's earlier works, as well as examining themes which emerge from the text itself. Topics include the relation between right and virtue, property, punishment, and moral feeling. Their diversity of questions, perspectives and approaches will provide new insights into the work for scholars in Kant's moral and political theory.
Table of Contents
List of contributors
Kant's Metaphysics of Morals: the history and significance of its deferral
Reason, desire, and the will
Justice without virtue
Kant's innate right as a rational criterion for human rights
Intelligible possession of objects of choice
Punishment, retribution, and the coercive enforcement of right
Moral feelings in the Metaphysics of Morals
What is the enemy of virtue?
Freedom, primacy, and perfect duties to oneself
Duties to and regarding others
Duties regarding animals
Kant's Tugendlehre as normative ethics
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