Does Kantian Virtue Amount to More than Continence?

Review of Metaphysics 56 (3):559 - 586 (2003)

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This account of the good will has struck many readers as counterintuitive. Whereas Kant seems to think that the person in whom a sense of duty must overcome indifference or contrary inclination can and does display a good will, our intuitions about human goodness suggest that there is something deficient or lacking in the grudging agent. Aristotle, for example, would think that the grudging moralist displays continence, rather than virtue, because he thinks it is the mark of the virtuous person that he does not experience a conflict between the rational and nonrational parts of the soul and that his emotions and appetites harmonize with rational judgments.

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Anne Margaret Baxley
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Kantian Virtue.Anne Margaret Baxley - 2007 - Philosophy Compass 2 (3):396–410.
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