The 'Ought' and the 'Can'

Deligiorgi, Katerina (2018) The 'Ought' and the 'Can'. Con-textos Kantianos: International Journal of Philosophy, 8. pp. 323-347. ISSN 2386-7655

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Kant’s ethics is objectivist. Like other objectivist ethics, it faces the problem of showing how what is objectively morally demanded hooks onto the moral deliberations of particular individuals. The issue is particularly acute for Kantian ethics given the centrality of the concept of autonomy, which expresses a demand for rational self-legislation. The paper focuses on the ‘ought implies can principle’ (OIC) and its role in Kant’s ethics. The argument shows how understanding the Kantian use of OIC helps also with the problem of establishing a link between individual deliberation and objective moral demands.

Item Type: Article
Schools and Departments: School of History, Art History and Philosophy > Philosophy
Depositing User: Paige Thompson
Date Deposited: 23 Nov 2018 11:33
Last Modified: 02 Jul 2019 13:17

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