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Naturalism and Realism in Kant's Ethics

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In this comprehensive assessment of Kant's metaethics, Frederick Rauscher shows that Kant is a moral idealist rather than a moral realist and argues that Kant's ethics does not require metaphysical commitments that go beyond nature. Rauscher frames the argument in the context of Kant's non-naturalistic philosophical method and the character of practical reason as action-oriented. Reason operates entirely within nature, and apparently non-natural claims - God, free choice, and value - are shown to be heuristic and to reflect reason's ordering of nature. The book shows how Kant hesitates between a transcendental moral idealism with an empirical moral realism and a complete moral idealism. Examining every aspect of Kant's ethics, from the categorical imperative to freedom and value, this volume argues that Kant's focus on human moral agency explains morality as a part of nature. It will appeal to academic researchers and advanced students of Kant, German idealism and intellectual history.

Product code: 9781107460829

ISBN 9781107460829
Publisher Cambridge University Press
No. of pages 272
Dimensions H230xW153xS15
This book is the first detailed analysis of Kant's ethics as anti-realist and idealist, arguing that Kant's ethics does not require non-natural metaphysics. It will appeal to academic researchers and advanced students of Kant, German idealism and intellectual history.