The Good, the Bad, and the Badass: On the Descriptive Adequacy of Kant's Conception of Moral Evil

In Significance and System: Essays on Kant's Ethics. New York: Oup Usa. pp. 293-330 (2017)
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This chapter argues for an interpretation of Kant's psychology of moral evil that accommodates the so-called excluded middle cases and allows for variations in the magnitude of evil. The strategy involves distinguishing Kant's transcendental psychology from his empirical psychology and arguing that Kant's character rigorism is restricted to the transcendental level. The chapter also explains how Kant's theory of moral evil accommodates 'the badass'; someone who does evil for evil's sake.

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