The Highest Good in Aristotle and Kant

The Highest Good in Aristotle and Kant

by Joachim Aufderheide, Ralf M. Bader

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Overview

The notion of the highest good used to occupy a primary role in ethical theorising, but has largely disappeared from the contemporary landscape. The notion was central to both Aristotle's and Kant's ethical theories, however—a surprising observation given that their approaches to ethics are commonly conceived as being diametrically opposed. The essays in this collection provide a comprehensive treatment of the highest good in Aristotle and Kant and show that, even though there are important differences in terms of content, there are also important similarities in terms of the structural features of Aristotle's and Kant's value theories. By carefully analysing Aristotle's and Kant's theories of the highest good, a team of experts in the field shed light on their respective ethical theories and highlight the richness, complexity, and fruitfulness of the notion of the highest good.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780191054594
Publisher: OUP Oxford
Publication date: 05/14/2015
Series: Mind Association Occasional Series
Sold by: Barnes & Noble
Format: NOOK Book
Pages: 256
File size: 654 KB

About the Author

Joachim Aufderheide studied Philosophy, Greek, and Latin at the Universities of Göttingen and St Andrews. He received his PhD from St Andrews for a thesis on pleasure in Plato and Aristotle in 2011. Since then he works as lecturer in philosophy at King's College London. ; Ralf M. Bader is a Fellow of Merton College and Associate Professor of Philosophy at the University of Oxford. Previously he was a Bersoff Assistant Professor and Faculty Fellow at New York University. His research focuses on Kant, ethics, metaphysics, and political philosophy.

Table of Contents

Introduction
1. Determining the good in action: wish, deliberation, and choice, Dorothea Frede
2. The content of happiness: a new case for theoria, Joachim Aufderheide
3. Aristotle on the highest good: a new approach, David Charles
4. The summum bonum in Aristotle's Ethics: fractured goodness, Christopher Shields
5. The end of all human action / The final object of all my conduct, Robert Louden
6. The complete object of practical knowledge, Stephen Engstrom
7. The inner voice: Kant on conditionality and god as cause, Rachel Barney
8. Kant's theory of the highest good, Ralf M. Bader
9. The highest good: who needs it?, David Sussman
10. Why some things must remain unknown: Kant on faith, moral motivation and the highest good, Jens Timmermann
Index

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