Understanding Kants Ethics by Cholbi Michael
Kant's ethical thought remains one of the most influential yet notoriously challenging systems in the history of philosophy. This volume provides a sympathetic but critical reconstruction of the main strands of Kant's ethics focusing on the most commonly read of Kant's ethical works the Groundwork of the Metaphysics of Morals. Part I outlines Kant's arguments in defense of his Categorical Imperative as well as elaborating Kant's understanding of dignity and human freedom. Part II addresses the most common objections to Kant's ethics including challenges to the Formula of Universal Law; Kant's controversial ethical stances on suicide sex and marriage and non-human animals; and the place of reason sentiment and happiness in Kant's ethics. For scholars and specialists alike the volume offers a clear and accessible account of what Kantian morality both offers us and asks of us.