The Virtues of Freedom: Selected Essays on Kant by Paul GuyerThe Virtues of Freedom: Selected Essays on Kant by Paul Guyer

The Virtues of Freedom: Selected Essays on Kant

byPaul Guyer

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The essays collected in this volume by Paul Guyer, one of the world's foremost Kant scholars, explore Kant's attempt to develop a morality grounded on the intrinsic and unconditional value of the human freedom to set our own ends. When regulated by the principle that the freedom of all isequally valuable, the freedom to set our own ends - what Kant calls "humanity" - becomes what he calls autonomy. hese essays explore Kant's strategies for establishing the premise that freedom is the inner worth of the world or the essential end of humankind, as he says, and for deriving thespecific duties that fundamental principle of morality generates in the empirical circumstances of human existence. The Virtues of Freedom further investigates Kant's attempts to prove that we are always free to live up to this moral ideal, that is, that we have free will no matter what, as well as his more successful explorations of the ways in which our natural tendencies to be moral - dispositions to thefeeling of respect and more specific feelings such as love and self-esteem - can and must be cultivated and educated. Guyer finally examines the various models of human community that Kant develops from his premise that our associations must be based on the value of freedom for all. The contrastsbut also similarities of Kant's moral philosophy to that of David Hume but many of his other predecessors and contemporaries, such as Stoics and Epicureans, Pufendorf and Wolff, Hutcheson, Kames, and Smith, are also explored.
Paul Guyer received his AB and PhD from Harvard University. He has taught at the Universities of Pittsburgh, Illinois-Chicago, Pennsylvania, and Brown University. He is the author, editor, and translator of two dozen previous books, including nine monographs or collections on Kant and the three-volume History of Modern Aesthetics (2014...
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Title:The Virtues of Freedom: Selected Essays on KantFormat:PaperbackDimensions:352 pages, 9.21 × 6.02 × 0 inPublished:January 7, 2017Publisher:Oxford University PressLanguage:English

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Table of Contents

Introduction1. Kant, Autonomy, and ModernityPart I: The Value of Freedom2. Is and Ought: From Hume to Kant, and Now3. Freedom as the Foundation of Morality: Kant's Early Efforts4. Freedom and the Essential Ends of Humankind5. Kantian Perfectionism6. Setting and Pursuing Ends: Internal and External Freedom7. Freedom, Ends, and Duties in VigilantiusPart II: The Actuality of Freedom8. The Proof-Structure of the Groundwork and the Role of Section III9. Proving Ourselves Free10. Problems with Freedom: Kant's Argument in Groundwork III and its Subsequent Emendations11. Natural and Rational Belief: Kant's Final Words?Part III: The Achievement of Freedom12. A Passion for Reason: Kant and the Motivation for Morality13. The Obligation to be Virtuous: Kant's Conception of the Tugenverpflichtung14. Kant on Moral Feelings: From the Lectures to the Metaphysics of Morals15. Examples of Moral PossibilityConclusion16. Kantian Communities