The proper telos of life: Kant Schiller and having autonomy as an end

Deligiorgi, Katerina (2011) The proper telos of life: Kant Schiller and having autonomy as an end. Inquiry, 54 (5). pp. 494-511. ISSN 0020-174X

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Abstract

In this paper I set the debate between Kant and Schiller in terms of the role that an ideal of life can play within an autonomist ethic. I begin by examining the critical role Schiller gives to emotions in tackling specific motivational concerns in Kant's ethics. In the Kantian response I offer to these criticisms, I emphasise the role of metaphysics for a proper understanding of Kant's position whilst allowing that with respect to moral psychology, Kant and Schiller are in agreement about the importance of emotions in our moral lives. I conclude by returning to the themes broached in the introduction to consider the extent to which the teleological concerns that motivate Schiller can be addressed within Kant's autonomist ethics.

Item Type: Article
Schools and Departments: School of History, Art History and Philosophy > Philosophy
Depositing User: Katerina Deligiorgi
Date Deposited: 06 Feb 2012 19:33
Last Modified: 04 Jul 2012 13:24
URI: http://sro.sussex.ac.uk/id/eprint/21234
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