Kant on Practical Justification: Interpretive Essays

Hardcover | April 23, 2013

EditorMark Timmons, Sorin Baiasu

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This volume of new essays provides a comprehensive and structured examination of Kantian accounts of practical justification. This examination serves as a starting point for a focused investigation of the Kantian approach to justification in practical disciplines (ethics, legal and politicalphilosophy or philosophy of religion). The recent growth of literature on this subject is not surprising given that Kant's approach seems so promising: he claims to be able to justify unconditional normative claims without recourse to assumptions, views or doctrines, which are not in their turnjustifiable. Within the context of modern pluralism, this is exactly what the field needs: an approach which can demonstrably show why certain normative claims are valid, and why the grounds of these claims are valid in their turn, and why the freedom to question them should not be stifled. Althoughthis has been a growth area in philosophy, no systematic and sustained study of the topic of practical justification in Kantian philosophy has been undertaken so far. With fourteen original chapters and an introduction from leading researchers in the field, this volume addresses this neglected topic. The starting point is the still-dominant view that a successful account of justification of normative claims has to be non-metaphysical. The essays engage with thisdominant view and pursue further implications in ethics, legal and political philosophy, as well as philosophy of religion. Throughout the essays, the contributors bring into contact with contemporary debates key interpretive questions about Kant's views on practical justification.

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This volume of new essays provides a comprehensive and structured examination of Kantian accounts of practical justification. This examination serves as a starting point for a focused investigation of the Kantian approach to justification in practical disciplines (ethics, legal and politicalphilosophy or philosophy of religion). The re...

Mark Timmons is Professor of Philosophy at the University of Arizona. He is author of Morality without Foundations (OUP, 1999), editor of Kant's Metaphysics of Morals: Interpretative Essays (OUP, 2002), co-editor of Metaethics After Moore (OUP, 2006), and editor of Oxford Studies in Normative Ethics (published annually). Sorin Baiasu ...

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Format:HardcoverDimensions:400 pages, 9.25 × 6.12 × 0.98 inPublished:April 23, 2013Publisher:Oxford University PressLanguage:English

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AcknowledgementsAbbreviationsNotes on ContributorsSorin Baiasu: Introduction. Practical Justification in Kant1. Sorin Baiasu: Kant's Rechtfertigung and the Epistemic Nature of Practical Justification2. Sebastian Rodl: Why Ought Implies Can3. Allen Wood: Kant on Practical Reason4. Larry Krasnoff: Constructing Practical Justification: How Can the Categorical Imperative Justify Desire-based Actions?5. Otfried Hoffe: Anthropology and Metaphysics in Kant's Categorical Imperative of Law. An Interpretation of Rechtslehre SCSCB and C6. Robert Stern: Kant, Moral Obligation and the Holy Will7. Karl Ameriks: Is Practical Justification in Kant Ultimately Dogmatic?8. Paul Guyer: Constructivism and Self-constitution9. Andrews Reath: Formal Approaches to Kant's Formula of Humanity10. Houston Smit and Mark Timmons: Kant's Grounding Project in the Doctrine of Virtue11. Howard Williams: Kant and Libertarianism12. Henry E. Allison: Kant's Practical Justification of Freedom13. John Hare: The Place of Kant's Theism in His Moral Philosophy14. A. W. Moore: Freedom, Temporality and Belief: A Reply to HareIndex