Post-Kantian Perfectionism.

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Show simple item record Moggach, Douglas 2022-08-03T15:30:06Z 2022-08-03T15:30:06Z 2022-07-19
dc.identifier.issn 2079-3715
dc.identifier.issn 2309-1088
dc.description.abstract This paper summarizes the major themes of my current monograph project and my recent co-edited volume on post-Kantian perfectionism. The central thesis is that Kant’s critique of rational heteronomy in the Groundwork effectively ruled out certain types of perfectionist ethics and their corresponding political applications, notably the programmes of Christian Wolff and his school, which were dominant in the German territories in the mid- to late eighteenth century. Kant’s critiques did not, however, preclude the emergence of a new type of perfectionism, no longer based on the state-sponsored promotion of eudaimonia or material, intellectual, and spiritual thriving, but on the advancement of freedom and the conditions for its exercise. Predicated on the idea of right, post-Kantian perfectionism focuses on maintaining and enhancing the juridical, political, and economic conditions for rightful interaction among self-defining individuals. Humboldt, Schiller, Fichte, Hegel, and the Hegelian School exemplify this new approach in different ways. Marx’s problematic relation to this tradition is outlined. en_US
dc.language.iso en en_US
dc.publisher Academicus International Scientific Journal en_US
dc.relation.ispartofseries 26;09
dc.subject perfectionism; freedom; Kant; post-Kantians en_US
dc.title Post-Kantian Perfectionism. en_US
dc.type Article en_US

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