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Interpreting Kant's Critiques$
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Karl Ameriks

Print publication date: 2003

Print ISBN-13: 9780199247318

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: January 2005

DOI: 10.1093/0199247315.001.0001

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Kant's Groundwork III Argument Reconsidered

Kant's Groundwork III Argument Reconsidered

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(p.225) 9 Kant's Groundwork III Argument Reconsidered
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Interpreting Kant's Critiques
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Karl Ameriks (Contributor Webpage)

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Oxford University Press
DOI:10.1093/0199247315.003.0010

Provides a detailed critical account of the beginning of the argument of part III of Kant’s Groundwork, the section of his writing in which he seems to come closest to offering a direct proof of our absolute freedom. It contends that there are several ambiguities and missteps in what seems to be Kant’s main line of argument here, but these need not count again Kant’s ultimate position. On the contrary, realizing that there may be such fundamental flaws in this part of the Groundwork is the easiest way to understand why Kant never directly refers back to it and why he reversed his method of presentation so dramatically in the second Critique.

Keywords:   causality, deduction, freedom, morality, will

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