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Seminars in Moral Philosophy Week 4 TT10

Event Name Seminars in Moral Philosophy Week 4 TT10
Start Date 17th May 2010 4:30pm
End Date 17th May 2010 6:30pm
Duration 2 hours

Herlinde Pauer-Studer (Vienna) 'Practical Reason, Autonomy, and Bad Action' to be held in the Lecture Room, 10 Merton Street, Oxford - Seminars in Moral Philosophy webpage


Kantís conception of practical reason and autonomy is often criticized for lacking a plausible account of bad action. If being autonomous means to act according to the moral law, then how can someone autonomously choose to do the bad? The problem seems to face also those Neo-Kantian accounts that try to ground moral requirements in the constitutive principles of agency.

In my talk I will argue that providing a plausible account of bad action is a challenge not only for a specifically Kantian conception of practical reason, but a problem confronting all accounts which define practical reason in terms of value or the good. I will then try to show that Kantís political philosophy (not his ethics) does have the resources to offer a plausible understanding of bad action.

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