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Kant’s Moral Theory and Demandingness

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Pinheiro Walla, Alice:
Kant’s Moral Theory and Demandingness.
In: Ethical Theory and Moral Practice. Vol. 18 (2015) . - pp. 731-743.
ISSN 1386-2820

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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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Item Type: Article in a journal
Refereed: Yes
Keywords: Immanuel Kant; Imperfect duties; Beneficence; Perfect duties; Demandingness
Institutions of the University: Faculties > Faculty of Cultural Studies > Former Professors > Junior Professor Political Philosophy - Juniorprof. Dr. Alice Pinheiro Walla
Faculties > Faculty of Cultural Studies
Faculties > Faculty of Cultural Studies > Department of Philosophy
Faculties > Faculty of Cultural Studies > Department of Philosophy > Junior Professor Social and Political Philosophy
Faculties > Faculty of Cultural Studies > Former Professors
Result of work at the UBT: No
DDC Subjects: 100 Philosophy and psychology > 100 Philosophy
Date Deposited: 13 Dec 2017 09:47
Last Modified: 17 Oct 2023 11:00