XI KANT KONGRESS, XI Congresso Kantiano Internazionale

Saving Kant’s Ethics and Politics: The Co-extent of Morality and Right

Deborah Hawkins

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


There are a significant number of passages where Kant seems explicitly to include the domain of right fully within the domain of morality. However, given our long history of interpreting Kantian morality almost exclusively through the Groundwork’s emphasis on moral worth and (at the time mistaken) exclusion of heteronomy from the realm of human freedom, we seem to resist taking these passages seriously. I believe that our conflation of Kant’s morality and ethics and our exclusion of right from their domain have unfortunately resulted in an unnecessary marginalization of both Kant’s moral philosophy and philosophy of right. I offer two components of a larger argument that the domains of Kantian morality and right are co-extensive by showing that human heteronomy is an expression of human transcendental freedom and that the general will in the Kantian civil state is an expression human autonomy.