Problemos 2020 (2020)

Danutė Bacevičiūtė
Vilnius University
The article explores Kant’s notion of the human being as the ultimate end of nature, presenting an ethical interpretation of this notion. The author of this article believes that the analysis of Kant’s assumptions will allow a deeper understanding of our own hermeneutical situation, in which ecological problems force us to rethink our relationship with nature and the meaning of human existence. Analyzing Kant’s early texts on Lisbon earthquake and his reflection on the sublime in the Critique of Judgement, the author asks how the experience of an uncontrolled natural element complements Kant’s ethical vision of nature’s teleology. Emphasizing the importance of insight into human vulnerability for the implementation of moral purpose in nature, the article outlines guidelines for interpretation that allow the relevance of Kant’s position in the context of contemporary environmental ethics.
Keywords No keywords specified (fix it)
Categories No categories specified
(categorize this paper)
DOI 10.15388/Problemos.Priedas.20.2
Edit this record
Mark as duplicate
Export citation
Find it on Scholar
Request removal from index
Revision history

Download options

PhilArchive copy

Upload a copy of this paper     Check publisher's policy     Papers currently archived: 65,819
External links

Setup an account with your affiliations in order to access resources via your University's proxy server
Configure custom proxy (use this if your affiliation does not provide a proxy)
Through your library

References found in this work BETA

No references found.

Add more references

Citations of this work BETA

No citations found.

Add more citations

Similar books and articles

Kant's Theory of Human Nature.David Edward Zoolalian - 1982 - Dissertation, Temple University
Kant on International Relations.Burleigh T. Wilkins - 2007 - The Journal of Ethics 11 (2):147-159.
Anthropology From a Kantian Point of View: Toward a Cosmopolitan Conception of Human Nature.Robert B. Louden - 2008 - Studies in History and Philosophy of Science Part A 39 (4):515-522.
Kant’s Ethical Thought.Allen W. Wood - 1999 - Cambridge University Press.
Kant and the Unity of Reason.Angelica Nuzzo - 2005 - Purdue University Press.
Duties Regarding Animals.Patrick Kain - 2010 - In Lara Denis (ed.), Kant's Metaphysics of Morals: A Critical Guide. Cambridge University Press. pp. 210--233.
Kant on Human Nature and Radical Evil.Camille Atkinson - 2007 - Philosophy and Theology 19 (1/2):215-224.
Immanuel Kant on Racial Identity.Joris van Gorkom - 2008 - Philosophy in the Contemporary World 15 (1):1-10.
Kant's Notion of Culture.Patricia M. Pintado - 2004 - Dissertation, The Catholic University of America


Added to PP index

Total views
2 ( #1,423,734 of 2,463,235 )

Recent downloads (6 months)
1 ( #449,456 of 2,463,235 )

How can I increase my downloads?


Sorry, there are not enough data points to plot this chart.

My notes