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Journal watch: Philosophy and Phenomenological Research, January 2011

New book: Kant's Metaphysics of Morals: A Critical Guide, edited by Lara Denis

Mark D. White

Denis Just as the semester ended I recieved a fantastic book in the mail from Cambridge, Kant's Metaphysics of Morals: A Critical Guide, edited by Lara Denis (Agnes Scott College), which features a who's who of modern Kant scholarship commenting on Kant's richer treatment of his moral system:

Immanuel Kant's Metaphysics of Morals (1797), containing the Doctrine of Right and Doctrine of Virtue, is his final major work of practical philosophy. Its focus is not rational beings in general but human beings in particular, and it presupposes and deepens Kant's earlier accounts of morality, freedom, and moral psychology. In this volume of newly-commissioned essays, a distinguished team of contributors explores the Metaphysics of Morals in relation to Kant's earlier works, as well as examining themes which emerge from the text itself. Topics include the relation between right and virtue, property, punishment, and moral feeling. Their diversity of questions, perspectives and approaches will provide new insights into the work for scholars in Kant's moral and political theory.

The chapters are as follows:

1. Kant's Metaphysics of Morals: the history and significance of its deferral (Manfred Kuehn)
2. Reason, desire, and the will (Stephen Engstrom)
3. Justice without virtue (Katrin Flikschuh)
4. Kant's innate right as a rational criterion for human rights (Otfried Höffe)
5. Intelligible possession of objects of choice (B. Sharon Byrd)
6. Punishment, retribution, and the coercive enforcement of right (Allen W. Wood)
7. Moral feelings in the Metaphysics of Morals (Paul Guyer)
8. What is the enemy of virtue? (Jeanine Grenberg)
9. Freedom, primacy, and perfect duties to oneself (Lara Denis)
10. Duties to and regarding others (Robert N. Johnson)
11. Duties regarding animals (Patrick Kain)
12. Kant's Tugendlehre as normative ethics (Thomas E. Hill, Jr)


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