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Kant's Theory of Virtue: The Value of Autocracy - Modern European Philosophy (Hardback)
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Kant's Theory of Virtue: The Value of Autocracy - Modern European Philosophy (Hardback)

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Hardback 206 Pages / Published: 11/11/2010
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Anne Margaret Baxley offers a systematic interpretation of Kant's theory of virtue, whose most distinctive features have not been properly understood. She explores the rich moral psychology in Kant's later and less widely read works on ethics, and argues that the key to understanding his account of virtue is the concept of autocracy, a form of moral self-government in which reason rules over sensibility. Although certain aspects of Kant's theory bear comparison to more familiar Aristotelian claims about virtue, Baxley contends that its most important aspects combine to produce something different - a distinctively modern, egalitarian conception of virtue which is an important and overlooked alternative to the more traditional Greek views which have dominated contemporary virtue ethics.

Publisher: Cambridge University Press
ISBN: 9780521766234
Number of pages: 206
Weight: 480 g
Dimensions: 228 x 152 x 16 mm


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"....this contribution by Baxley (Washington Univ. in St. Louis) is noteworthy in its meticulous analysis of autocracy as the linchpin for understanding Kantian virtue.... For dedicated Kant scholars (and perhaps Schiller scholars) this book is a worthy addition, but it may be too advanced for most readers.... Recommended...." --L.A. Wilkinson, University of Tennessee at Chattanooga, CHOICE
"...lucid, levelheaded and (from a Kantian perspective at least) deeply interesting book.... an impressive achievement and everyone who is interested in Kantian ethics and moral psychology ought to read Baxley's book..." --Carsten Fogh Nielsen, Ph.D., University of Aarhus, Metapsychology Online Review
"...Anne Margaret Baxley's book, Kant's Theory of Virtue, is the most informative and comprehensive discussion of the nature and role of virtue in Kant's ethics currently available..." --Robert B. Louden, University of Southern Maine, Journal of the History of Philosophy

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