Moral Health, Moral Prosperity, and Universalization in Kant’s Ethics

Wilson, Donald (2004) Moral Health, Moral Prosperity, and Universalization in Kant’s Ethics. Teorema: Revista internacional de filosofía, 23 (1-3). pp. 17-37. ISSN 0210-1602


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Drawing on an analysis of the distinction between perfect and imperfect duties suggested by The Metaphysics of Morals, I argue that Kant’s Categorical Imperative (CI) requires that maxims be universalizable in the sense that they can be regarded as universal laws consistent with the integrity and effective exercise of rational agency. This account, I claim, has a number of advantages over Korsgaard’s practical contradiction interpretation of the CI both in terms of the criteria of assessment that Korsgaard uses and in those of broader textual considerations.

Item Type: Article
Subjects: Philosophie > Philosophische Journale, Kongresse, Vereinigungen > Teorema. Revista internacional de filosofia > Volume XXIII (2004)
Depositing User: Sissi Kemp
Date Deposited: 09 Nov 2013 17:56
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