By Susan Meld Shell
Autonomy for Kant isn't just a synonym for the means to decide on, no matter if uncomplicated or deliberative. it's what the observe actually implies: the imposition of a legislation on one’s personal authority and out of one’s personal rational assets. In Kant and the boundaries of Autonomy, Shell explores the boundaries of Kantian autonomy―both the strength of its claims and the problems to which they offer upward thrust. via a cautious exam of significant and minor works, Shell argues for the significance of getting to the trouble inherent in autonomy and to the similar resistance that during Kant’s view autonomy inevitably provokes in us. Such awareness yields new entry to Kant’s well-known, and famously confusing, Groundlaying of the Metaphysics of Morals. It additionally presents for a richer and extra unified account of Kant’s later political and ethical works; and it highlights the pertinence of a few major yet overlooked early writings, together with the lately released Lectures on Anthropology.
Kant and the boundaries of Autonomy is either a rigorous, philosophically and traditionally knowledgeable learn of Kantian autonomy and a longer meditation at the beginning and boundaries of recent liberalism.
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