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Respect, Pluralism, and JusticeKantian Perspectives$
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Thomas E. Hill

Print publication date: 2000

Print ISBN-13: 9780198238348

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: November 2003

DOI: 10.1093/0198238347.001.0001

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Kantian Pluralism

Kantian Pluralism

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(p.11) 1 Kantian Pluralism
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Respect, Pluralism, and Justice
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Thomas E. Hill (Contributor Webpage)

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Oxford University Press
DOI:10.1093/0198238347.003.0002

This essay characterizes the type of ethical theory that Kant developed, comparing it with contemporary theories along several dimensions. The essay distinguishes several senses in which an ethical theory might be pluralistic and argues that, in some important senses (but not others), Kant's theory is pluralistic. Issues considered are whether there is one basic principle or many, whether there are incommensurable values, in what sense the right is prior to the good, and to what extent Kantian ethics is intrusive, dogmatic, and judgemental. Kant's ethics, perhaps surprisingly, is responsive to many of the practical concerns commonly advocated under the label pluralism.

Keywords:   good, incommensurable values, Kantian ethics, pluralism, right

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