Is Kant's practical reason practical?

Journal of Value Inquiry 15 (2):95-108 (1981)
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There is a tension between theory and practice in kant's moral philosophy. On the one hand, The categorical imperative presupposes that no rational agent is intrinsically deserving of more rights or a better life than any other. On the other hand, The categorical imperative requires that we act in certain other regarding ways regardless of how others act in relation to us. I argue that often we cannot act in accordance with this latter practical principle without violating the theoretical egalitarianism it presupposes. And I suggest that this sort of conflict may be characteristic of many moral philosophies in the liberal tradition



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