Kant and the Cultivation of Virtue

1st Edition

Chris W. Surprenant

Routledge
Published July 27, 2016
Reference - 138 Pages
ISBN 9781138208957 - CAT# Y290248
Series: Routledge Studies in Eighteenth-Century Philosophy

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Summary

In this book, Chris W. Surprenant puts forward an original position concerning Kant’s practical philosophy and the intersection between his moral and political philosophy. Although Kant provides a detailed account of the nature of morality, the nature of human virtue, and how right manifests itself in civil society, he does not explain fully how individuals are able to become virtuous. This book aims to resolve this problem by showing how an individual is able to cultivate virtue, the aim of Kant’s practical philosophy. Through an examination of Kant’s accounts of autonomy, the state, and religion, and their effects on the cultivation of virtue, Surprenant develops a Kantian framework for moral education, and ultimately raises the question of whether or not Kantian virtue is possible in practice.

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