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Kant on Freedom, Law, and Happiness


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Introduction; Acknowledgments; Note on translations and citations; Part I. Origins: 1. Mendelssohn and Kant: one source of the critical philosophy; 2. The unity of reason: pure reason as practical reason in Kant's early conception of the transcendental dialectic; 3. Freedom as the 'inner value of the world'; Part II. Principles: 4. Kant's Morality of Law and Morality of Freedom; 5. The possibility of the Categorical imperative; 6. The strategy of the Groundwork; Part III. Duties: 7. Kantian foundations for Liberalism; 8. Life, Liberty, and property: Rawls and Kant; 9. Moral worth, virtue and merit; Part IV. Hopes: 10. From a practical point of view: Kant's conception of a postulate of pure practical reason; 11. Nature, freedom and happiness: the third proposition of Kant's 'Idea for a Universal History'; 12. Nature, morality and the possibility of peace; Index.

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Guyer revises the traditional interpretation of Kant's philosophy and shows how Kant's coherent liberalism can guide us in current debates.


"I^Kant on Freedom, Law, and Happiness is a well-researched and well-argued contribution to Kantian studies.I^Kant on Freedom, Law, and Happiness is an important book in Kantian studies that advances a unifying vision of Kant's practical philosophy. The change of view that Guyer advocates is welcome and reveals a side of Kant that has perhaps been veiled for too long. Although the book will undoubtedly be of interest to anyone studying Kant's practical philosophy in a scholarly manner, it may also be of interest to the general reader of philosophy who is prepared to approach the book with the patience and tenacity that Guyer's extended arguments often demand. In either case readers will be rewarded for their efforts with a deeper understanding of both Kant and of central philosophical issues related to freedom, happiness and morality." --Metapsychology Online Review

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