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Kant's System of Nature and FreedomSelected Essays$
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Paul Guyer

Print publication date: 2005

Print ISBN-13: 9780199273461

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: May 2010

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199273461.001.0001

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From Nature to Morality: Kant's New Argument in the ‘Critique of Teleological Judgment’

From Nature to Morality: Kant's New Argument in the ‘Critique of Teleological Judgment’

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(p.314) 12 From Nature to Morality: Kant's New Argument in the ‘Critique of Teleological Judgment’
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Kant's System of Nature and Freedom
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DOI:10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199273461.003.0013

This chapter argues that the ‘Critique of Teleological Judgment’ in the Critique of the Power of Judgment complements Kant's earlier argument, on practical grounds, that the possibility of the highest good requires postulating the harmony of the laws of nature and the moral law with a new argument that an expectation of the systematicity of nature as a whole (that follows from our experience of organisms) requires the identification of a final end for the system of nature, which can only be the realization of human freedom in accordance with the moral law. Kant thus argues that our experience of nature as well as the demands of morality leads us to a conception of the harmony between nature and morality.

Keywords:   highest good, organisms, teleological judgment

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