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The Emergence of Autonomy in Kant's Moral Philosophy


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Introduction Stefano Bacin and Oliver Sensen; 1. How is moral obligation possible? Kant's 'principle of autonomy' in historical context Heiner F. Klemme; 2. Anticipations of autonomy: freedom, obligation, and the concept of a world in Kant's writings of the Mid-1750s to Mid-1760s Susan Meld Shell; 3. Autonomy and moral rationalism: Kant's criticisms of 'rationalist' moral principles (1762-85) Stefano Bacin; 4. Autonomy and moral empiricism: Kant's criticism of sentimentalist moral principles (1762-85) Georg Mohr; 5. Elements of autonomy in Kant's Lectures on Ethics (1770-80) Oliver Sensen; 6. Emerging autonomy: dealing with the inadequacies of the 'canon' of the Critique of Pure Reason (1781) Jens Timmermann; 7. Autonomy and the legislation of laws in the Prolegomena (1783) Eric Watkins; 8. How can freedom be a law to itself? The concept of autonomy in the 'introduction' to the Naturrecht Feyerabend lecture notes (1784) Marcus Willaschek; 9. Moral autonomy as political analogy: self-legislation in Kant's Groundwork and the Feyerabend lectures on natural law (1784) Pauline Kleingeld; 10. What emerged: autonomy and heteronomy in the Groundwork and second Critique Andrews Reath; 11. Kant's threefold autonomy after the Groundwork: reason's own law-giving as our own cosmopolitan law-giving Pierre Keller.

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A thorough study of why Kant developed the concept of autonomy, one of his central legacies for contemporary moral thought.

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Stefano Bacin is Senior Assistant Professor of History of Philosophy at the University of Milan. He is the author of Il senso dell'etica. Kant e la costruzione di una teoria morale (2006) and Fichte in Schulpforta (1774-1780) (2008) and is co-editor, with Marcus Willaschek, Georg Mohr and Jurgen Stolzenberg, of the Kant-Lexikon (2015). Oliver Sensen is Associate Professor and Director of Graduate Studies in Philosophy at Tulane University, Louisiana. He is the Vice President of the North American Kant Society, and the author of Human Dignity (Cambridge, forthcoming), Kant on Human Dignity (2011), as well as the editor of Kant on Moral Autonomy (Cambridge, 2012).


'For those interested in the details of how Kant came to develop his view of autonomy, and the various precursor views he developed and engaged with on the way there, this book is an excellent and welcome addition to the literature.' Notre Dame Philosophical

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