XI KANT KONGRESS, XI Congresso Kantiano Internazionale

Kant’s Non-Egoistic Hedonism: Another Look at an Eternal Debate

Annika Wennersten

Edificio: Palazzo dei Congressi
Sala: sala Fermi
Data: 24 maggio 2010 - 14:30
Ultima modifica: 13 aprile 2010


Few aspects of Kant’s practical philosophy are as provoking as his idea of pleasure and its role in non-moral motivation. The traditional interpretation attributes to Kant an egoistic form of hedonism which excludes the possibility of acting unselfishly from benevolent inclinations. When revisiting this problem, I will focus on some recent contributions which all touch upon the same idea, but whose conclusions nevertheless diverge. I will reveal and discuss some conflations which obscure the discussion, above all the belief that the principle of self-love is necessarily equivalent to selfishness. In addition I will re-introduce a classical terminology which, by denoting the different temporal stages in the motivational process, lets us classify the distinct forms of hedonism involved in Kant’s theory in an unambiguous way.