Kant s Anatomy of Evil

not devote serious attention to Kant's account of radical evil,2 in part because of the authors' shared belief, as one critic puts it, that “when faced with the question of evil,” Kant, “the quintessential modern Enlightenment ...

Kant s Anatomy of Evil

Kant infamously claimed that all human beings, without exception, are evil by nature. This collection of essays critically examines and elucidates what he must have meant by this indictment. It shows the role which evil plays in his overall philosophical project and analyses its relation to individual autonomy. Furthermore, it explores the relevance of Kant's views for understanding contemporary questions such as crimes against humanity and moral reconstruction. Leading scholars in the field engage a wide range of sources from which a distinctly Kantian theory of evil emerges, both subtle and robust, and capable of shedding light on the complex dynamics of human immorality.

Kant s Religion within the Boundaries of Mere Reason

must be social (an “ethical community” or “people of God”) because the source of evil is social: The human being is nevertheless in this perilous state [the radical propensity to evil] through his own ... Kant's Anatomy of Evil, pp.

Kant s Religion within the Boundaries of Mere Reason

This volume provides a synoptic view of Kant's major work of religious thought.

Duty Virtue and Practical Reason in Kant s Metaphysics of Morals

... Evil”, in Kant's Anatomy of Evil, pp. 57-73. 75 Cf. RGV 75. In this regard, the reader can also consult VzM 252, 294, 309, 349350. Kant has been strongly criticized concerning the issue of grace (e.g. by Barth and by Michalson) and ...

Duty  Virtue and Practical Reason in Kant s Metaphysics of Morals

The “Metaphysical Principles of the Doctrine of Virtue” (Metaphysische Anfangsgründe der Tugendlehre) is the second part of the “Metaphysics of Morals” (Metaphysik der Sitten), published by Kant in 1797. This monographic study comments Kant´s Tugendlehre as a refutation of the “formalist” vision of Kant´s Ethics. This late writing is shown as consistent with the moral philosophy already presented in the “Groundwork” and the second “Critique”. The “Doctrine of Virtue” offers Kant´s application of the categorical imperative and acknowledges the conditions of moral motivation and, in general, of human agency. Kant´s derivation of duties of virtue (Tugendpflichten) is attentive to the fundamental characteristics of human nature, therefore it generates a system of ends that reason itself shows to be obligatory for the human faculty of choice. This book shows that Kant´s “Doctrine of Virtue” is worthy of being taken into a greater philosophical consideration. The “Metaphysical Principles of the Doctrine of Virtue” (Metaphysische Anfangsgründe der Tugendlehre) is the second part of the “Metaphysics of Morals” (Metaphysik der Sitten), published by Kant in 1797. This monographic study comments Kant´s Tugendlehre as a refutation of the “formalist” vision of Kant´s Ethics. This late writing is shown as consistent with the moral philosophy already presented in the “Groundwork” and the second “Critique”. The “Doctrine of Virtue” offers Kant´s application of the categorical imperative and acknowledges the conditions of moral motivation and, in general, of human agency. Kant´s derivation of duties of virtue (Tugendpflichten) is attentive to the fundamental characteristics of human nature, therefore it generates a system of ends that reason itself shows to be obligatory for the human faculty of choice. This book shows that Kant´s “Doctrine of Virtue” is worthy of being taken into a greater philosophical consideration.

The Oxford Handbook of Moral Psychology

An alternative proof of the universal propensity to evil. In Kant's Anatomy of Evil, ed. P. Muchnik and S. Anderson- Gold. Cambridge: Cambridge University Press. O'Neill, Onora. 1989. Constructions of Reason: Explorations of Kant's ...

The Oxford Handbook of Moral Psychology

The Oxford Handbook of Moral Psychology is a comprehensive, multidisciplinary, state-of-the-art overview of moral psychology. The 50 chapters, written by leading figures in both philosophy and psychology, cover many of the most important topics in the field and form the definitive survey of contemporary moral psychology.

Kant s Ethics and the Same Sex Marriage Debate An Introduction

Social Dimensions of Kant's Conception of Radical Evil. In Kant's Anatomy of Evil, ed. Sharon Anderson-Gold and Pablo Muchnik, 173–194. Cambridge: Cambridge University Press. Herman, Barbara. 2007. Rethinking Kant's Hedonism.

Kant   s Ethics and the Same Sex Marriage Debate   An Introduction

This book defends the thesis that Kant’s normative ethics and his practical ethics of sex and marriage can be valuable resources for people engaged in the contemporary debate over same-sex marriage. It does so by first developing a reading of Kant’s normative ethics that explains the way in which Kant’s notions of human moral imperfection unsocial sociability inform his ethical thinking. The book then offers a systematic treatment of Kant’s views of sex and marriage, arguing that Kant’s views are more defensible than some of his critics have made them out to be. Drawing on Kant’s account of marriage and his conception of moral friendship, the book argues that Kant’s ethics can be used to develop a defense of same-sex marriage.

Kant on Persons and Agency

So my aim is to give an account of a propensity to evil that is based on considerations from Kant's account of practical reason, that makes sense of ... 3 Allen Wood, “Kant and the Intelligibility of Evil,” in Kant; Anatomy of Evil, ed.

Kant on Persons and Agency

This volume investigates Kant's conception of what a human being is and how a human being can act autonomously. Scholars explore fundamental topics such as freedom, autonomy, and personhood from both practical and theoretical perspectives, and consider their importance within Kant's wider system of philosophy.

Kant s Anatomy of Evil

Leading scholars of Kant examine and elucidate his views on evil and how they can be extended to contemporary questions.

Kant s Anatomy of Evil

Leading scholars of Kant examine and elucidate his views on evil and how they can be extended to contemporary questions.

Kant on Emotions

Anderson-Gold, Sharon and Muchnik, Pablo (2010): Kant's Anatomy of Evil. New York: Cambridge University Press. Elster, Jon (2000): Strong Feelings: Emotion, Addiction, and Human Behavior (Jean Nicod Lectures). Cambridge: MIT Press.

Kant on Emotions


Kant s Human Being

11–12, 35–36). chapter 9 * This essay began as an invitation from Sharon Anderson-Gold and Pablo Muchnik to contribute to an anthology that they were co-editing called Kant's Anatomy of Evil. I had profited from Sharon's writings on ...

Kant s Human Being

In Kant's Human Being, Robert B. Louden continues and deepens avenues of research first initiated in his highly acclaimed book, Kant's Impure Ethics. Drawing on a wide variety of both published and unpublished works spanning all periods of Kant's extensive writing career, Louden here focuses on Kant's under-appreciated empirical work on human nature, with particular attention to the connections between this body of work and his much-discussed ethical theory. Kant repeatedly claimed that the question, "What is the human being" is philosophy's most fundamental question, one that encompasses all others. Louden analyzes and evaluates Kant's own answer to his question, showing how it differs from other accounts of human nature. This collection of twelve essays is divided into three parts. In Part One (Human Virtues), Louden explores the nature and role of virtue in Kant's ethical theory, showing how the conception of human nature behind Kant's virtue theory results in a virtue ethics that is decidedly different from more familiar Aristotelian virtue ethics programs. In Part Two (Ethics and Anthropology), he uncovers the dominant moral message in Kant's anthropological investigations, drawing new connections between Kant's work on human nature and his ethics. Finally, in Part Three (Extensions of Anthropology), Louden explores specific aspects of Kant's theory of human nature developed outside of his anthropology lectures, in his works on religion, geography, education ,and aesthetics, and shows how these writings substantially amplify his account of human beings. Kant's Human Being offers a detailed and multifaceted investigation of the question that Kant held to be the most important of all, and will be of interest not only to philosophers but also to all who are concerned with the study of human nature.

Pessimism in Kant s Ethics and Rational Religion

First, Kant denies that there is anything between a good and an evil will (excluded middle). ... Third, self-love is the worst principled form of evil in human beings (priority thesis). ... In: Kant's Anatomy of Evil.

Pessimism in Kant s Ethics and Rational Religion

Dennis Vanden Auweele explores Kant’s moral and religious philosophy and shows that a pessimistic undercurrent pervades them. This provides a new vantage point not only to comprehensively assess Kantian philosophy, but also to provide much needed context and reading assistance to the general premises of Kant's philosophy and rationality.

Forgiveness and Its Moral Dimensions

2005. “The Missing Formal Proof of Humanity's Radical Evil in Kant's Religion.” The Philosophical Review 114, no. 1: 63–114. Muchnik, Pablo. 2010. “An Alternative Proof of the Universal Propensity to Evil.” In Kant's Anatomy of Evil, ...

Forgiveness and Its Moral Dimensions

"What is to forgive someone? Is it primarily a change in one's emotions, in one's behavior, or something else? What is the connection between forgiveness and blaming attitudes like resentment? What is the relationship between forgiveness and free will? The essays in this book explore not only these questions about the nature of forgiveness, but also questions about the norms of forgiveness. Is forgiveness necessarily gift-like, and thus always discretionary? Is forgiveness ever prohibited or required? What is the relationship between forgiveness and apology? Does love require us to forgive? How does one maintain self-respect when one forgives? Is it morally permissible to forgive people for doing evil? And what would a utilitarian theory of the norms of forgiveness look like? This volume contains entirely new essays on forgiveness by some of the world's leading moral philosophers. Some contributors have been writing about forgiveness for decades. Others have taken the opportunity here to develop their thinking about forgiveness they broached in other work. For some contributors, this is their first time stepping into the forgiveness literature. While all the contributions address core questions about the nature and norms of forgiveness, they also collectively break new ground by raising entirely new questions, offering original proposals and arguments, and making connections to what have until now been treated as separate areas within philosophy"--

Kant on Practical Life

In recent years, anglophone literature has begun to take up the issue of Kant's doctrine of radical evil quite vigorously. A number of books on the topic ... Kant's Anatomy of Evil (New York: Cambridge University Press, 2010): 144–72.

Kant on Practical Life

Offers a comprehensive account of Kant's practical philosophy that highlights the unity across its disparate themes.

Rethinking Kant

In the first section of my paper I lay out Kant's basic position on radical evil and explore the way in which his ... in Kant's Anatomy of Evil (Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, 2010). notion of a timeless intelligible sphere is ...

Rethinking Kant

The series Rethinking Kant bears witness to the richness and vitality of Kantian studies. The series offers an alternative publishing venue of the highest quality, attractive to scholars who want to reach a readership of specialists and non-specialist alike. The collection is unique in its kind, for it garners papers from a whole generation of Kantian thought, ranging from doctoral students and recent PhDs to well-established thinkers in the field. This is the third volume in the series. It contains papers from three regional study groups of the North American Kant Society, and thus takes the pulse of current Kantian scholarship.

Kant on Morality Humanity and Legality

Last accessed 3 June 2020. Sussman, David George. 2010. Unforgivable Sins? Revolution and Reconciliation in Kant. In Kant's Anatomy of Evil, ed. Sharon Anderson-Gold and Pablo Muchnik, 215–235. Cambridge: Cambridge University Press.

Kant on Morality  Humanity  and Legality

It was not so long ago that the dominant picture of Kant’s practical philosophy was formalistic, focusing almost exclusively on his Groundwork of the Metaphysics of Morals and Critique of Practical Reason. However, the overall picture of Kant’s wide-ranging philosophy has since been broadened and deepened. We now have a much more complete understanding of the range of Kant’s practical interests and of his contributions to areas as diverse as anthropology, pedagogy, and legal theory. What remains somewhat obscure, however, is how these different contributions hang together in the way that Kant suggests that they must. This book explores these different conceptions of humanity, morality, and legality in Kant as main ‘manifestations’ or ‘dimensions’ of practical normativity. These interrelated terms play a crucial role in highlighting different rational obligations, their source(s), and their applicability in the face of changing circumstances.

Kantian Ethics Dignity and Perfection

Maria Pia Lara (Berkeley: University of California Press, 2001); Sharon Anderson-Gold and Pablo Muchnik, eds., Kant's Anatomy of Evil (Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, 2010); Matthew Caswell, “Kant's Conception of the Highest Good ...

Kantian Ethics  Dignity and Perfection

In this volume Paul Formosa sets out a novel approach to Kantian ethics as an ethics of dignity by focusing on the Formula of Humanity as a normative principle distinct from the Formula of Universal Law. By situating the Kantian conception of dignity within the wider literature on dignity, he develops an important distinction between status dignity, which all rational agents have, and achievement dignity, which all rational agents should aspire to. He then explores constructivist and realist views on the foundation of the dignity of rational agents, before developing a compelling account of who does and does not have status dignity and of what kind of achievement dignity or virtue we, as vulnerable rational agents, can and should strive for. His study will be highly valuable for those interested in Kant's ethical, moral and political philosophies.

Kant s Theory of Emotion

See Pablo Muchnik, Kant's Theory of Evil: An Essay on the Dangers of Self-Love and the Aprioricity of History (New York: Lexington Books, ... See Allen Wood, “Kant and the Intelligibility of Evil,” in Kant's Anatomy of Evil, ed.

Kant   s Theory of Emotion

Williamson explains, defends, and applies Kant's theory of emotion. Looking primarily to the Anthropology and the Metaphysics of Morals, she situates Kant's theory of affect within his theory of feeling and focuses on the importance of moral feelings and the moral evaluation of our emotions.

Kant s Doctrine of Virtue

Idealism and Freedom: Essays on Kant's Theoretical and Practical Philosophy (Cambridge: Cambridge University Press). Anderson- Gold, S., and P. Muchnik, eds. 2010. Kant's Anatomy of Evil (Cambridge: Cambridge University Press).

Kant s Doctrine of Virtue

"This book is a reader's guide to Kant's final work in moral philosophy, The Doctrine of Virtue - Part II of the 1797 Metaphysics of Morals. The guide has 5 parts plus a conclusion. Part I "Background" includes two chapters: 1. "Life and Work" and 2. "Philosophical Background." Part II, "General Introduction to the Metaphysics of Morals" covers the introduction to the entire work whose content is crucial for understanding the text. This part contains three chapters: 3. "On the Idea of and Necessity for a Metaphysics of Morals", 4. Mental Faculties, the Moral Law, and Human Motivation," and 5. "Preliminary Concepts and Division of the Metaphysics of Morals." Part III, "Introduction to the Doctrine of Virtue," includes four chapters that cover Kant's dedicated introduction to the Doctrine of Virtue: 6. "The Doctrine of Virtue as a Doctrine of Ends," 7. "General Ends that are also Duties," 8. Radical Evil and the Nature of Virtue," and 9. "The Science of Ethics." Part IV is devoted to Kant's system of duties of virtue that represents his normative ethical theory. It contains five chapters: 10. "Perfect Duties to Oneself as an Animal Being," 11. "Perfect Duties to Oneself as a Moral Being," 12. Imperfect Duties to Oneself," 13. "Duties of Love to Other Human Beings," 14. "The Vices of Hatred and Disrespect," and 15. "Friendship." Part V "The Doctrine of Methods of Ethics and Conclusion" includes chapter 16 "Moral Education and Practice." The book's conclusion reflects on the significance of the Doctrine of Virtue for understanding Kant's ethics"--

Significance and System

“Evil Everywhere: The Ordinariness of Kantian Radical Evil,” in S. AndersonGold and P. Muchnik, eds., Kant's Anatomy of Evil (Cambridge, UK: Cambridge University Press): 93–115. MaCarty, R. 2009. Kant's Theory of Action (Oxford and New ...

Significance and System

Significance and System: Essays on Kant's Ethics brings together central lines of thought in Mark Timmons's work on Kant's moral theory. The first part of the book concerns the interpretation and justification of the categorical imperative in which Timmons argues for a "differential roles" interpretation of the categorical imperative, according to which distinct formulations of this principle play different roles in the overall economy of Kant's ethics. In addition he offers a detailed interpretation of the analytic/synthetic distinction in Kant's ethics that plays a central role in Kant's justification of his supreme moral principle. In the second part, Timmons addresses questions about the relation between motive and rightness, arguing, for example, that contemporary Kantians have misunderstood that relation. This part also examines Kant's attempt in the Doctrine of Virtue to ground a system of ethical duties in the categorical imperative. In part three, Timmons turns to issues in Kant's psychology of moral evil, including the psychology of the devilish vices. Throughout Timmons combines interpretive insight with a critical eye in interpreting and criticizing Kant's ethical thought.

Routledge Philosophy Guidebook to Kant on Religion within the Boundaries of Mere Reason

Allison, H. E. (1990) Kant's Theory of Freedom, Cambridge: Cambridge University Press. ——(2002) “On the Very Idea of a Propensity to Evil,” The Journal of Value Inquiry, 36: 337–48. ——(2004) Kant's Transcendental Idealism: An ...

Routledge Philosophy Guidebook to Kant on Religion within the Boundaries of Mere Reason

Throughout his career, Kant engaged with many of the fundamental questions in philosophy of religion: arguments for the existence of God, the soul, the problem of evil, and the relationship between moral belief and practice. Religion within the Boundaries of Mere Reason is his major work on the subject. This book offers a complete and internally cohesive interpretation of Religion. In contrast to more reductive interpretations, as well as those that characterize Religion as internally inconsistent, Lawrence R. Pasternack defends the rich philosophical theology contained in each of Religion’s four parts, and shows how the doctrines of the "Pure Rational System of Religion" are eminently compatible with the essential principles of Transcendental Idealism. The book also presents and assesses: the philosophical background to Religion within the Boundaries of Mere Reason the ideas and arguments of the text the continuing importance of Kant’s work to philosophy of religion today.

Kant s Religion within the Boundaries of Mere Reason

AndersonGold, Sharon. (2001). Unnecessary Evil: History and Moral Progress in the Philosophy of Immanuel Kant. Albany: State University of New York Press. AndersonGold, Sharon and Pablo Muchnik, eds. (2010). Kant's Anatomy of Evil.

Kant s  Religion within the Boundaries of Mere Reason

Immanuel Kant's Religion within the Boundaries of Mere Reason is a seminal text in modern philosophy, ethics, and the philosophy of religion. It is a complex and challenging work, which students and scholars often find difficult to penetrate. This Reader's Guide provides a 'way in' to the text including: philosophical and historical context; an overview of key themes; section-by-section analysis of the text; a chapter on its reception and influence as a classic text of the Enlightenment; and a guide for further reading. It highlights the most important themes and ideas, clarifies certain opaque features, and examines the junctures in the text that are critical for any philosophical assessment of Kant's argument. Eddis N. Miller offers a sound understanding of Kant's Religion and the tools for students to philosophically assess Kant's overall argument.