Noble in Reason, Infinite in Faculty: Themes and Variations in Kant's Moral and Religious Philosophy

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Overview

Is it possible for ethical thinking to be grounded in pure reason? In this bold and innovative new work, Adrian Moore provides a refreshing and challenging look at Kant's moral and religious philosophy and uses it to arrive at a distinctive way of understanding and answering this question.

Noble in Reason, Infinite in Faculty identifies three Kantain Themes - morality, freedom and religion - and presents variations on each of these themes in turn. Moore concedes that there are difficulties with the Kantian view that morality can be governed by 'pure' reason, but defends a closely related view involving a notion of reason as socially and culturally conditioned. In the course of doing this, Moore considers in detail ideas at the heart of Kant's thought, such as the categorical imperative, free will, evil, hope, eternal life, and God. He also makes creative use of ideas in contemporary philosophy, both within the analytic tradition and outside it, such as 'thick' ethical concepts, forms of life, and 'becoming those that we are'. Throughout the book, a guiding precept is that to be rational is to make sense, and that nothing is of greater value to us than making sense.

Noble in Reason, Infinite in Faculty is essential reading for all those interested in Kant, ethics, and philosophy of religion.

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Editorial Reviews

Times Literary Supplement
In Noble in Reason, Infinite in Faculty, A.W. Moore mines Kant for ethical insight with a sensibility informed by a wide range of recent and contemporary philosophers, from Ludwig Wittgenstein through Bernard Williams and Gilles Deleuze... a particularly helpful account of Kant's philosophy of religion.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780415208222
  • Publisher: Taylor & Francis
  • Publication date: 10/28/2005
  • Series: International Library of Philosophy Series
  • Edition description: New Edition
  • Pages: 272
  • Product dimensions: 6.10 (w) x 9.10 (h) x 0.90 (d)

Table of Contents

Preface
Acknowledgments
Analytical table of contents
Introduction 1
First theme: morality 20
First set of variations 39
Second theme: freedom 90
Second set of variations 113
Third theme: religion 147
Third set of variations 170
Notes 197
Bibliography 222
Index 239
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