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Kant and Applied Ethics by Matthew C. Altman
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Dec 01, 2011

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Matthew C. Altman, PhD'01

For better or worse, the work of Immanuel Kant casts a long shadow over contemporary Western thought, influencing our conceptions of freedom, responsibility, and the proper role of government. Matthew Altman takes a comprehensive look at Kant's moral philosophy as it relates to the most consequential ethical discussions of our time, including same-sex marriage, corporate responsibility, physician-assisted suicide, health-care allocation, and abortion. The book explains how, by coming to grips with Kant's legacy, we can begin to work through these debates more productively.

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