The Foundations of Kant’s Reform Project: Politics and Morals

  • Antonio Franceschet


The wonder expressed in this statement is the inspiration of Kant’s critical philosophy. This “awe” is explicitly divided here by the two distinct forces that, when subjected to his scrutiny, form the main elements of a unique political philosophy. The individual occupies a special place in the cosmos because he or she is both a finite being that is determined by the laws of nature and a subject of the supersensible moral law. However, whereas the laws of nature are mechanical and cannot respect any phenomena or beings as ends, the moral law obligates human subjects to act on principles that enshrine men and women as dignified ends.


Human Dignity Critical Philosophy Moral Autonomy Reform Project Individual Subjectivity 
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