By Andrews Reath
Andrews Reath offers a variety of his top essays on a number of good points of Kant's ethical psychology and ethical thought, with specific emphasis on his belief of rational organisation and his notion of autonomy. jointly the essays articulate Reath's unique method of Kant's perspectives approximately human autonomy, and is the reason Kant's trust that target ethical requisites are in line with rules we elect for ourselves. With new papers, and revised models of a number of others, the amount can be of significant curiosity to all scholars and students of Kant and of ethical philosophy.
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Additional resources for Agency and Autonomy in Kant's Moral Theory: Selected Essays
While Kant generally says only that conscience condemns one on such occasions, his theory is better served by taking stock of the distorted forms in which moral consciousness can surface in public behavior. A recognition of the need to account to others is exempliﬁed as much as anywhere in the rationalizations and disingenuous explanations that individuals are prone to engage in. One can acknowledge the propriety of public scrutiny through the pretense of submitting to it, and this occurs in many ways.
The claim is not that maxims based on inclination do provide sufﬁcient reasons for action, but only that they are adopted by regarding them in this way. ³⁰ It is central to his moral doctrine that we always act with some recognition of the requirements of the moral law. But this assumption leaves the problem of what to say about conduct that is contrary to duty—speciﬁcally about conduct in which we ignore our duty, or act against our better judgment. While Kant generally says only that conscience condemns one on such occasions, his theory is better served by taking stock of the distorted forms in which moral consciousness can surface in public behavior.
Autonomy represents an ideal of conduct in which actions are fully self-determined, and express our rational nature. The insight that only moral conduct expresses our autonomy is to provide a deeper understanding of the nature of morality, strengthening its motivational base by revealing the ideal of the person that it realizes. Presumably the distinction is intended to be exhaustive, so that all actions must fall under one of these headings. Green’s point is that if it rests on a hedonistic view of non-moral conduct, it would oppose acting from laws that one gives for oneself to action explainable in terms of the desire for pleasure.