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Naturalism and Realism in Kant's Ethics (Hardcover) (Frederick Rauscher)

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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.
Number of Pages: 264
Genre: Philosophy
Sub-Genre: History + Surveys / Modern
Format: Hardcover
Publisher: Cambridge Univ Pr
Author: Frederick Rauscher
Language: English
Street Date: November 26, 2015
TCIN: 50597313
UPC: 9781107088801
Item Number (DPCI): 248-09-5950

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