XI KANT KONGRESS, XI Congresso Kantiano Internazionale

Can Universal History Underwrite Kant's Substantive Conception of Moral Value?

Ido Geiger

Edificio: Palazzo dei Congressi
Sala: sala Pacinotti
Data: 22 maggio 2010 - 17:00
Ultima modifica: 11 aprile 2010

Abstract

Kant's philosophy of history describes the establishment of right both within states and in the international arena. He also seems to suggest that this historical development of right is part of mankind's moral education. Can then Kant's universal history underwrite his substantive conception of moral value? Right teach us what the law permits and prohibits. Is then acting according to juridical law because it is our duty to do so acting morally? The paper answers this question with a resounding "No!" What juridical duty legislates cannot be the same as what moral duty commands. They are the same acts only if they are not viewed from the perspective of reasons. This, however, is clearly the perspective of Kant's moral theory.