Baiasu, S (2016) Right's Complex Relation to Ethics in Kant: the limits of Independentism. Kant Studien: philosophische Zeitschrift der Kant-Gesellschaft, 107 (1). 2 -33. ISSN 1613-1134

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The recent literature on the relation in Kant between duties of right and duties of virtue is dominated by a debate on whether duties of right can be derived from duties of virtue. According to one important argument, there is a tension or even a paradox in Kant between various claims concerning juridical norms, a paradox which can best be solved by assuming an “Independentist” position, that is, the view that the Universal Principle of Right is independent from the Categorical Imperative and, hence, that duties of right are normatively independent from duties of virtue. My claim in this paper is that the paradox which supports the independentist reading affects Kant’s claims only when the focus is on the subjective validity of duties. Once the focus is changed to objective validity, with which Kant is actually concerned, the paradox is dissolved and the Universal Principle of Right can appear as normatively dependent on the Categorical Imperative. In other words, in this paper, I argue that the scope of the paradox of juridical norms is confined to a specific focus and independentism (the view that duties of right are independent from duties of virtue) is confined in a similar way. Hence, the complexity of Kant’s account makes it possible for him to accommodate both independentist and dependentist views of the relation between right and virtue.

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Additional Information: This is an accepted manuscript of Baiasu, S., 2016. Right’s Complex Relation to Ethics in Kant: The Limits of Independentism. Kant-Studien, 107(1), published by De Gruyter and available from:
Uncontrolled Keywords: Universal Principle of Right; Categorical Imperative; duties of right; duties of virtue; paradox of juridical imperatives
Subjects: B Philosophy. Psychology. Religion > B Philosophy (General)
Divisions: Faculty of Humanities and Social Sciences > School of Politics, Philosophy, International Relations and Environment
Depositing User: Symplectic
Date Deposited: 22 Sep 2016 10:37
Last Modified: 16 Apr 2019 14:47

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