Respect, Pluralism, and Justice: Kantian Perspectives

Paperback | May 1, 2000

byThomas E. Hill

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Respect, Pluralism, and Justice is a series of essays which sketch a broadly Kantian framework for moral deliberation, and then use it to address important social and political issues. What does it mean to respect humanity in a diverse world? Must respect be earned, and can it be forfeited?How, and why, should the state punish law-breakers? When, if ever, is political violence justified? How far are we responsible for the consequences of our misdeeds? How can liberals justify coercive state power in a world of diverse moral and religious beliefs? How far can we rely on consciencewhen it conflicts with authority? Although critical of Kant's extreme position on particular issues, Hill suggests ways to develop a Kantian approach that would emphasize the need for mutually respectful dialogue, appreciation of diversity, and sensitivity to particular contexts. In this lucidexploratory work Hill integrates the theoretical and the practical, allowing each to illuminate the other. He not only develops and extends Kantian ethical theory, but shows the role that it can play in our society.

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Respect, Pluralism, and Justice is a series of essays which sketch a broadly Kantian framework for moral deliberation, and then use it to address important social and political issues. What does it mean to respect humanity in a diverse world? Must respect be earned, and can it be forfeited?How, and why, should the state punish law-brea...

Thomas E. Hill, Jr., is Kenan Professor of Philosophy at the University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill.

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Format:PaperbackDimensions:294 pages, 9.21 × 6.14 × 0.63 inPublished:May 1, 2000Publisher:Oxford University PressLanguage:English

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IntroductionPart I. Elements of a Kantian Perspective1. Kantian Pluralism2. A Kantian Perspective on Moral RulesPart II: Respect for Humanity3. Basic Respect and Cultural Diversity4. Must Respect be Earned?5. Donagan's KantPart III: Justice and Responses to Wrongdoing6. Kant on Responsibility for Consequences7. Kant on Punishment: A Coherent Mix of Deterrence and Retribution?8. A Kantian Perspective on Political Violence9. The Problem of Stability in Political Liberalism10. Conscience and AuthorityBibliographyIndex

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`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 empirically informed applications of his ethicalideas.'Justin Oakley, TLS, 6 July 2001