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Kant’s Moral Theory and Demandingness


Pinheiro Walla, Alice:
Kant’s Moral Theory and Demandingness.
In: Ethical Theory and Moral Practice. Bd. 18 (August 2015) Heft 4 . - S. 731-743.
ISSN 1386-2820
DOI: https://doi.org/10.1007/s10677-015-9600-x


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In this paper, I sketch a Kantian account of duties of rescue, which I take to be compatible with Kant’s theory. I argue that there is in fact no “trumping relation” between imperfect and perfect duties but merely that “latitude shrinks away” in certain circumstances. Against possible demandingness objections, I explain why Kant thought that imperfect duty must allow latitude for choice and argue that we must understand the necessary space for pursuing one’s own happiness as entailed by Kant’s justification of one’s duty to promote other’s happiness. Nevertheless, becoming worthy of happiness has always priority over one’s own happiness, even when circumstances are such that we cannot secure our own happiness without seriously neglecting more pressing needs of other persons. I conclude that Kant’s moral theory calls for complementation by the political and juridical domain. Implementing just political institutions and creating satisfactorily well-ordered societies create an external world which is friendlier to our attempts to reconcile moral integrity and a happy human life.

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Publikationsform: Artikel in einer Zeitschrift
Begutachteter Beitrag: Ja
Keywords: Immanuel Kant; Imperfect duties; Beneficence; Perfect duties; Demandingness
Institutionen der Universität: Fakultäten > Kulturwissenschaftliche Fakultät > Institut für Philosophie > Juniorprofessur Politische Philosophie > Juniorprofessur Politische Philosophie - Juniorprof. Dr. Alice Pinheiro Walla
Fakultäten > Kulturwissenschaftliche Fakultät
Fakultäten > Kulturwissenschaftliche Fakultät > Institut für Philosophie
Fakultäten > Kulturwissenschaftliche Fakultät > Institut für Philosophie > Juniorprofessur Politische Philosophie
Titel an der UBT entstanden: Nein
Themengebiete aus DDC: 100 Philosophie und Psychologie > 100 Philosophie
Eingestellt am: 13 Dec 2017 09:47
Letzte Änderung: 13 Dec 2017 09:47
URI: https://eref.uni-bayreuth.de/id/eprint/40927