Back Cover Blurb
- Christine Korsgaard has become one of the leading interpreters of Kant's moral philosophy. She is identified with a small group of philosophers who are intent on producing a version of Kant's moral philosophy that is at once sensitive to its historical roots while revealing its particular relevance to contemporary problems. She rejects the traditional picture of Kant's ethics as a cold vision of the moral life which emphasises duty at the expense of love and value. Rather, Kant's work is seen as providing a resource for addressing not only the metaphysics of morals, but also for tackling practical questions about personal relations, politics, and everyday human interaction.
- This collection of thirteen essays is divided into two parts. Part One offers an exposition and interpretation of the moral philosophy, and could serve as a commentary on The Groundwork on the Metaphysics of Morals. Part Two compares and contrasts Kant's philosophy with other influential moral philosophies, both historical (Aristotle, Sidgwick, Moore, and Hume) and contemporary (Williams, Nagel, and Parfit). Two particular focal points of her interpretation are Kant's theory of value, and his widely misunderstood doctrine of the "two standpoints". When these ideas are fully explained, according to Korsgaard, many of the traditional problems with and puzzles about Kant's ethics disappear.
- This collection contains some of the finest work being done on Kant's ethics and will command the attention of all those involved in teaching and studying moral theory.
- Christine M. Korsgaard is professor of philosophy at Harvard University.
Introduction – ix
Abbreviations for Kant's works –xvii
- PART ONE: KANT'S MORAL PHILOSOPHY
- An introduction to the ethical, political, and religious thought of Kant – 3
- Kant's analysis of obligation: The argument of Groundwork I – 43
- Kant's Formula of Universal Law – 77
- Kant's Formula of Humanity – 106
- The right to lie: Kant on dealing with evil – 133
- Morality as freedom – 159
- Creating the Kingdom of Ends: Reciprocity and responsibility in personal relations – 188
- PART TWO: COMPARATIVE ESSAYS
- Aristotle and Kant on the source of value – 225
- Two distinctions in goodness – 249
- The reasons we can share: An attack on the distinction between agent-relative and agent-neutral values – 275
- Skepticism about practical reason – 311
- Two arguments against lying – 335
- Personal identity and the unity of agency: A Kantian response to Parfit – 363
Bibliography – 399
Sources – 407
Other publications by the author – 411
Index – 413
Index of citations – 437
CUP Paperback, 1996. 2000 Reprint.
"Korsgaard (Christine) - Personal Identity and the Unity of Agency: A Kantian Response to Parfit"
Source: Korsgaard - Creating the Kingdom of Ends, Chapter 13
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