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Groundwork of the Metaphysics of Morals by Immanuel Kant
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Aug 12, 07

Read in August, 2007

Rereading this for probably the 10th time, I was surprised how much I liked §3. In terms of ways of dealing with the threat that our conception of ourselves as objects in the natural world poses to our conception of ourselves as moral agents, Kant comes out pretty good (if you're willing to accept the idea of a world of things in themselves). But, as I expected, trying to teach §2 is really hard.

I had also forgotten how Kant is the master of the vitriolic philosophical smackdown, like the following:

["Popular" attempts to do moral philosophy] produce a disgusting hodgepode of patchwork observations and half-rationalized principles, in which shallow pates revel because it is something useful for everyday chitchat..." (4:409).

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