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Kant on radical evil and the origin of moral responsibility

McMullin, I (2013) 'Kant on radical evil and the origin of moral responsibility.' Kantian Review, 18 (1). 49 - 72. ISSN 1369-4154

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Abstract

The notion of radical evil plays a more important role in Kant's moral theory than is typically recognized. In Religion Within the Limits of Mere Reason, radical evil is both an innate propensity and a morally imputable act - a paradoxical status that has prompted commentators to reject it as inconsistent with the rest of Kant's moral theory. In contrast, I argue that the notion of radical evil accounts for the beginning of moral responsibility in Kant's theory, since the act of attributing radical evil to one's freedom is an inauguration into the autonomous stance. ©Kantian Review 2013.

Item Type: Article
Subjects: B Philosophy. Psychology. Religion > B Philosophy (General)
Divisions: Faculty of Humanities > Philosophy and Art History, School of
Depositing User: Clare Chatfield
Date Deposited: 10 Dec 2013 11:20
Last Modified: 30 Jan 2019 16:17
URI: http://repository.essex.ac.uk/id/eprint/8247

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