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Kant's Conception of Moral Character

The "Critical" Link of Morality, Anthropology, and Reflective Judgment

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Published: 1st July 1998
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Currently fashionable among critics of enlightenment thought is the charge that Kant's ethics fails to provide an adequate account of character and its formation in moral and political life. G. Felicitas Munzel challenges this reading of Kant's thought, claiming not only that Kant has a very rich notion of moral character, but also that it is a conception of systematic importance for his thought, linking the formal moral with the critical, aesthetic, anthropological, and biological aspects of his philosophy.
The first book to focus on character formation in Kant's moral philosophy, it builds on important recent work on Kant's aesthetics and anthropology, and brings these to bear on moral issues. Munzel traces Kant's multifaceted definition of character through the broad range of his writings, and then explores the structure of character, its actual exercise in the world, and its cultivation.
An outstanding work of original textual analysis and interpretation, "Kant's Conception of Moral Character" is a major contribution to Kant studies and moral philosophy in general.

Preface
A Note on Translation
Abbreviations
Introduction
Development of the Conception of Character and Its Relation to Other Terms and Distinctions of the Critical Philosophy
Character Conceived as an Issue of the Conduct of Thought(Denkungsart) Thematic Overview Historical Context From Precritical to Critical Philosophy: The Path to Character as an Issue of Thought Maxim Adoption and the Moral Comportment of Mind(Gesinnung)
Character and the "Unity of the Inner Principle of the Conduct of Life" Character, Efficacious Cause, and the Intelligible/ Empirical Distinction Character and the Capacity of Desire Unity of Two Orders of Necessity Unity of the Human Aptitudes Character and the Aesthetic Capacities of Feeling
Character and Radical Evil Status of Moral Evil in Kant's Thought Human Conflict: Its Forms and Their Root in Character Virtue: Embattled Moral Comportment of Mind(Gesinnung) Establishing Character: The Moral Task of Establishing Inner and Outer Peace
Human Moral Character: Its Structure and Cultivation
Principles of Orientation and the Relational Structure of Character Human Orientation to the Good By the Dawn of Natural Light Reflective Principles of Orientation Relating the Human Subject and Reason Rational Faith Conscience Conduct of Thought(Denkungsart)and the Maxims of Sound Understanding Character and Human Discourse
Pedagogy: The Formation(Bildung)of Character Aims and Nature of Pedagogy in General Propaedeutic Functions in Relation to Character Development Character as the Guiding Principle for Pedagogical Theory Discipline, Cultivation, Formation Example, Religion, and Internal Discipline Moral Spiritedness and the Relation of Aesthetic and Moral Cultivation Moral Education Proper Moral Discernment: Cultivating a Taste for the Law Socratic Method: Cultivating the Habit of Moral Judging Relation of Pedagogical and Communal Roles to Individual Responsibility for Establishing a Character Pedagogical Function of the Republican Constitution The Virtue That Cannot Be Taught Epilogue: Character as a Grafted Entity
Bibliography
Index
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ISBN: 9780226551333
ISBN-10: 0226551334
Audience: Professional
Format: Hardcover
Language: English
Number Of Pages: 408
Published: 1st July 1998
Publisher: The University of Chicago Press
Country of Publication: US
Dimensions (cm): 23.8 x 15.5  x 3.18
Weight (kg): 0.7