After qualifying in which sense ‘realism’ can be applied to eighteenthcentury views about morality, I argue that while Kant shares with traditional moral realists several fundamental claims about morality, he holds that those claims must be argued for in a radically different way. Drawing on his diagnosis of the serious weaknesses of traditional moral realism, Kant proposes a novel approach that revolves around a hybrid view about moral obligation. Since his solution to that central issue combines elements of realism with elements of voluntarist assent, Kant’s position can be characterized as an idealist version of moral realism or, more specifically, as the combination of a strong realism about the moral law with an idealist account of moral obligation.

Moral Realism by Other Means : The Hybrid Nature of Kant’s Practical Rationalism / S. Bacin (KANTSTUDIEN. ERGANZUNGSHEFTE). - In: Realism and Antirealism in Kant's Moral Philosophy : New Essays / [a cura di] R. dos Santos, E.E. Schmidt. - Berlin : de Gruyter, 2018. - ISBN 9783110571226. - pp. 153-176 [10.1515/9783110574517-007]

Moral Realism by Other Means : The Hybrid Nature of Kant’s Practical Rationalism

S. Bacin
2018

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After qualifying in which sense ‘realism’ can be applied to eighteenthcentury views about morality, I argue that while Kant shares with traditional moral realists several fundamental claims about morality, he holds that those claims must be argued for in a radically different way. Drawing on his diagnosis of the serious weaknesses of traditional moral realism, Kant proposes a novel approach that revolves around a hybrid view about moral obligation. Since his solution to that central issue combines elements of realism with elements of voluntarist assent, Kant’s position can be characterized as an idealist version of moral realism or, more specifically, as the combination of a strong realism about the moral law with an idealist account of moral obligation.
Kant's ethics; moral realism; moral anti-realism; moral rationalism
Settore M-FIL/06 - Storia della Filosofia
Settore M-FIL/03 - Filosofia Morale
2018
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