Kants Impure Ethics: From Rational Beings to Human Beings

Paperback | June 19, 2003

byRobert B. Louden

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This is the first book-length study in any language to examine in detail and critically assess the second part of Kant's ethics--an empirical, impure part, which determines how best to apply pure principles to the human situation. Drawing attention to Kant's under-explored impure ethics, thisrevealing investigation refutes the common and long-standing misperception that Kants ethics advocates empty formalism. Making detailed use of a variety of Kantian texts never before translated into English, author Robert B. Louden reassesses the strengths and weaknesses of Kantian ethics as awhole, once the second part is re-admitted to its rightful place within Kant's practical philosophy.

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This is the first book-length study in any language to examine in detail and critically assess the second part of Kant's ethics--an empirical, impure part, which determines how best to apply pure principles to the human situation. Drawing attention to Kant's under-explored impure ethics, thisrevealing investigation refutes the common a...

Robert B. Louden is at University of Southern Maine.

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Format:PaperbackDimensions:272 pages, 9.25 × 6.13 × 0.68 inPublished:June 19, 2003Publisher:Oxford University PressLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:0195160304

ISBN - 13:9780195160307

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Table of Contents

PrefacePart IIntroductionChapter 1. What is Impure Ethics?Part IIFields of ImpurityChapter 2. EducationChapter 3. AnthropologyChapter 4. Art and ReligionChapter 5. HistoryPart IIIConclusionChapter 6. Saved by Impurity?ReferencesIndex

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"Anyone interested in investigating the empirical aspects of Kant's ethics will need to consult Louden and Wood. They both present richly detailed portrayals and discuss many themes."--International Philosophical Quarterly