Human Welfare and Moral Worth: Kantian Perspectives by Thomas E. Hill, Jr.

Human Welfare and Moral Worth: Kantian Perspectives

byThomas E. Hill, Jr.

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Thomas Hill, a leading figure in the recent development of Kantian moral philosophy, presents a series of essays that interpret and develop Kant's ideas on ethics. The first part of the book focuses on basic concepts: a priori method, a good will, categorical imperatives, autonomy, andconstructivist strategies of argument. Hill goes on to consider aspects of human welfare, and then moral worth--the nature and grounds of moral assessment of persons as deserving esteem or blame. He offers illuminating discussions of happiness, beneficence, personal values, conscience, moraldesert, moral dilemmas, and feelings of regret. He is critical of Kant at many points, but he shows how many familiar objections miss the mark. Two previously unpublished essays challenge the views of other influential Kant scholars and defend alternative interpretations of Kant on beneficence,supererogation, and what it means to 'set oneself an end'. These clear and careful writings show moral, poltical, and social philosophers just how valuable Kantian ethical theory can be in addressing practical matters.

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Thomas E. Hill, Jr., is Kenan Professor of Philosophy at the University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill.
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Title:Human Welfare and Moral Worth: Kantian PerspectivesFormat:PaperbackDimensions:428 pages, 9.21 × 6.14 × 0.91 inPublished:July 1, 2002Publisher:Oxford University PressLanguage:English

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Table of Contents

Introduction1. Kantian Analysis: From Duty to Autonomy2. Is Good Will Over-Rated?3. Hypothetical Consent in Kantian Constructivism4. Beneficence and Self-Love5. Reasonable Self-Interest6. Happiness and Human Flourishing7. Meeting Needs and Doing Favors8. Personal Values and Setting Ends9. Four Conceptions of Conscience10. Wrongdoing, Desert, and Punishment11. Punishment, Conscience, and Moral Worth12. Moral Dilemmas, Gaps, and ResiduesBibliography, Index

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`Review from other book by this author displaying the clarity and inventiveness for which Hill's work is renowned ... some excellent suggestions about responsibility and punishment, adapting Kantian lines of thought, and Kant himself could have learnt a great deal from Hill's more empiricallyinformed applications of his ethical ideas.'Justin Oakley, TLS