Category: Kant

Abortion, Sex, and the Limits of Morality - Part II

Lessons for moral theory taken from the morality of abortion
Utility and women
In the realm of ethics, the notion of rights is little more than three centuries old, that of utility less, that of virtue two millenia. But that of care we must assume is pre-historic.
There seem to be very few utilitarian philosophers who are women. […]

On being blotted out

Posted by luno in capital punishment, Criminality, Deontology, Kant, Moral Theory, Weininger (Thursday June 25, 2009 at 9:47 am)
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the point of the death penalty
The meaning of capital punishment—insofar as it has a meaning and is not a reflex—is concerned with the distribution of responsibility. The field of responsibility is limited to moral agents. Constituted authorities are not moral agents. Individuals, who are, may or may not be missing the requisite nerve. Usually, they […]

Persons with bodies and opinions

Posted by luno in philosophy and sex, rape, prostitution, sex differences, Deontology, Kant (Friday September 14, 2007 at 1:41 pm)
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O’Neill addresses the Kantian moral concepts of not treating others as means (i.e., using them) and treating them positively as persons, how these are related, and finally how “an adequate understanding of what it is to treat others as persons must view them not abstractly as possibly consenting adults, but as particular men and women with limited and determinate capacities to understand or consent to proposals of action.” The Kantian moral ideal so far as it has practical application must take account of human limitations.

If I may take the liberty of infringing yours…

Posted by luno in political philosophy, Heterocosmos, male criminality, Mill, J. S., Kant (Monday August 20, 2007 at 1:48 pm)
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Notes on Mill, On Liberty, chapter 5
Self-sale into slavery
Not only persons are not held to engagements which violate the rights of third parties, but it is sometimes considered a sufficient reason for releasing them from an engagement, that it is injurious to themselves. In this and most other civilized countries, for example, an engagement by […]

An affair of honor and the darkness of hell

Posted by luno in motherhood, philosophy and sex, abortion, sex differences, Utilitarianism, Deontology, Kant (Thursday December 21, 2006 at 12:41 pm)
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Notes on Immanuel Kant, The Philosophy of Law (1796)
There are, however, two crimes worthy of death, in respect of which it still remains doubtful whether the Legislature have the Right to deal with them capitally.
And since they cannot be dealt with “capitally,” they cannot, on Kantian terms, quite be seen as murder.
It is the sentiment […]

When justice comes on a pretty pass

Posted by luno in political philosophy, Deontology, Kant, Moral Theory (Friday December 15, 2006 at 5:20 pm)
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Notes on Kant, “Theory and Practice,” part 2
From the concluding section:
It thus follows that all resistance against the supreme legislative power, all incitement of the subjects to violent expressions of discontent, all defiance which breaks out into rebellion, is the greatest and most punishable crime in a commonwealth, for it destroys its very foundations. This […]

A dubious internalist assumption

Posted by luno in epistemology, Moral Consciousness, Deontology, Kant (Friday December 23, 2005 at 2:54 pm)
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Notes on:
Matthias Steup, “A Defense of Internalism”
Steup takes “internalism to be the view that J-factors [things that make beliefs justified or not] must be directly recognizable, that is recognizable on reflection.” The idea is that if one has available now, or could deduce from what is available now, information to justify a belief then one […]

A “sifting humour”

Posted by luno in Moral Consciousness, epistemology, Deontology, Hume, Kant, Moral Theory (Saturday October 15, 2005 at 1:28 pm)
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Certain analogies between moral and epistemological problems

Moral sentiment

Posted by luno in Moral Consciousness, aesthetics, Moral Sentiment, sex differences, Moral Theory, Kant, Weininger (Thursday September 8, 2005 at 12:47 pm)
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Reactions to Robert C. Solomon’s views on sentimentality

To hurt with love…

Notes on Jean Hampton’s moral educationist theory of punishment

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