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Christopher Meckstroth

Print publication date: 2015

Print ISBN-13: 9780190213923

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: June 2015

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780190213923.001.0001

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Kant’s Critique of Morality

Kant’s Critique of Morality

(p.80) 3 Kant’s Critique of Morality
The Struggle for Democracy

Christopher Meckstroth

Oxford University Press

This chapter argues for a radically antifoundational interpretation of the core arguments of Kant’s philosophy of morality. Kant’s debts to his interpretation of Socratic criticism and Plato’s ideas are detailed, and the relation between Kant’s moral theory and his larger critical project is discussed. A close examination of the Groundwork of the Metaphysics of Morals, set against a shorter discussion of other relevant texts, shows how this interpretation resolves a number of famous textual and conceptual difficulties, and provides a clear and accessible account of such core Kantian notions as the categorical imperative, the moral law, the fact of reason, autonomy, contradictions in conception and the will, and the nature of obligation.

Keywords:   Kant, morality, Groundwork, moral law, categorical imperative, fact of reason, practical reason, autonomy, obligation

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