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The Highest Good in Aristotle and Kant

Joachim Aufderheide and Ralf M. Bader

Abstract

The notion of the highest good used to occupy a primary role in ethical theorizing, but has largely disappeared from the contemporary landscape. A prima facie surprising fact is that this notion was central to both Aristotle’s and Kant’s ethical theories. Given that their approaches to ethics are commonly conceived as being diametrically opposed, it would seem somewhat unexpected that both of these philosophers should agree in assigning a significant role to the highest good. This book provides a treatment of the notion of the highest good in Aristotle and Kant and show that, even though there ... More

Keywords: highest good, Aristotle, Kant, value, conditionality, practical agency

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2015 Print ISBN-13: 9780198714019
Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: June 2015 DOI:10.1093/acprof:oso/9780198714019.001.0001

Authors

Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Joachim Aufderheide, editor
King's College London

Ralf M. Bader, editor
Merton College, Oxford

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