Motive and Rightness in Kant's Ethical System

In Kant's Metaphysics of Morals: Interpretative Essays. Oxford University Press (2002)
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Some contemporary intepreters of Kant maintain that on Kant's view fulfilling duties of virtue require doing so from the motive of duty. I argue that there are interpretive and doctinal reasons for rejecting this interpretation. However, I argue that for Kant motives can be deontically relevant; one's motives can affect the deontic status of actions.



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