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Margaret Moore

Print publication date: 1993

Print ISBN-13: 9780198273851

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: November 2003

DOI: 10.1093/0198273851.001.0001

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Gewirth and the Project of Entailment

Gewirth and the Project of Entailment

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(p.9) 2 Gewirth and the Project of Entailment
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Foundations of Liberalism
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Margaret Moore

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Oxford University Press
DOI:10.1093/0198273851.003.0002

This chapter examines the Kantian argument put forward by Alan Gewirth in Reason and Morality, that morality, which is identified with liberal principles of justice, is entailed in the standpoint of self‐interest, and can be discerned through the exercise of theoretical reason. This chapter argues that it fails to overcome the dualisms that bedevilled Kant's version of this argument.

Keywords:   Alan Gewirth, justice, Immanuel Kant, Morality, reason, self‐interest, universalizability

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