Kant's Theory of Evil: An Essay on The Dangers of Self-Love and the Aprioricity of History presents a novel interpretation and defense of Kant's theory of evil. Pablo Muchnik argues that this theory stems from Kant's attempt to reconcile two parallel lines of thought in his own writings: on the one hand, a philosophy of history of Rousseauian inspiration and naturalistic tendencies; on the other, the metaphysical project of founding morality exclusively on a priori grounds. The syncretism of Kant's view, as exemplified by the resulting moral anthropology in Religion within the Limits of Mere Reason, explains its persistent allure and elusiveness among Kantian readers. Muchnik's reconstruction solves some of the most intractable problems surrounding Kant's position, and is designed to break the deadlock existing between contemporary rival schools of interpretation, torn between Kant's naturalistic tendencies and his moral individualism. The "quasi-transcendental" conceptual apparatus presented in these pages will open up new paths of investigation in Kant, and influence the way we approach the problem of evil in general.
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About the Author
Pablo Muchnik is associate professor of philosophy at Siena College.
Table of Contents
Chapter 1 Introduction Chapter 2 Chapter 1: On the Alleged Vacuity of Kant's Concept of Evil Chapter 3 Chapter 2: Radical Evil and the Architectonic of Practical Reason Chapter 4 Chapter 3: Radical Evil, Inscrutability and Moral Self-Constitution Chapter 5 Chapter 4: The Moral Anthropology of Radical Evil