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Constructions of Reason : Explorations of Kant's Practical Philosophy - Onora O'Neill

Constructions of Reason

Explorations of Kant's Practical Philosophy

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Published: 30th November 2007
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Two centuries after they were published, Kant's ethical writings are as much admired and imitated as they have ever been, yet serious and long-standing accusations of internal incoherence remain unresolved. Onora O'Neill traces the alleged incoherences to attempt to assimilate Kant's ethical writings to modern conceptions of rationality, action and rights. When the temptation to assimilate is resisted, a strikingly different and more cohesive account of reason and morality emerges. Kant offers a `constructivist' vindication of reason and a moral vision in which obligations are prior to rights and in which justice and virtue are linked. O'Neill begins by reconsidering Kant's conceptions of philosophical method, reason, freedom, automony and action. She then moves on to the more familiar terrain of interpretation of the Categorical Imperative, while in the last section she emphasises differences between Kant's ethics and recent 'Kantian' ethics, including the work of John Rawls and other contemporary liberal political philosophers. This reassessment will add significantly to the understanding of Kantian practical philosophy.

"This collection of essays contains some of the most significant work on Kant's practical philosophy to have appeared in recent years. The essays are often speculative and sometimes sketchy (as the title indicates, they are explorations), but they are suggestive in helpful and constructive ways, and they contain many insightful discussions and developments of Kant's approach." Ethics "Constructions of Reason is rewarding reading." Review of Metaphysics

Prefacep. ix
List of abbreviationsp. xii
Reason and critique
Reason and politics in the Kantian enterprisep. 3
The public use of reasonp. 28
Reason and autonomy in Grundlegung IIIp. 51
Action, anthropology and autonomyp. 66
Maxims and obligations
Consistency in actionp. 81
Between consenting adultsp. 105
Universal laws and ends-in-themselvesp. 126
Kant after virtuep. 145
Kant's ethics and Kantian ethics
The power of examplep. 165
Children's rights and children's livesp. 187
Constructivisms in ethicsp. 206
The great maxims of justice and charityp. 219
Referencesp. 235
Indexp. 243
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ISBN: 9780521381215
ISBN-10: 0521381215
Audience: Professional
Format: Hardcover
Language: English
Number Of Pages: 264
Published: 30th November 2007
Publisher: Cambridge University Press
Country of Publication: GB
Dimensions (cm): 22.8 x 15.2  x 1.9
Weight (kg): 0.56