By Andrews Reath
Andrews Reath offers a variety of his most sensible essays on a number of beneficial properties of Kant's ethical psychology and ethical concept, with specific emphasis on his perception of rational organization and his notion of autonomy. jointly the essays articulate Reath's unique method of Kant's perspectives approximately human autonomy, and is the reason Kant's trust that goal ethical specifications are in accordance with ideas we elect for ourselves. With new papers, and revised types of numerous others, the amount should be of significant curiosity to all scholars and students of Kant and of ethical philosophy.
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For a discussion of ‘broadly ethical respect’ see, of course, Groundwork 4: 428–31, among other places. There is also a brief reference to ethical respect for humanity in this chapter of the second Critique; see KpV 5: 87. 9. The honoriﬁc attitude toward merit will also have an affective aspect, which Kant describes as the experience of feeling humility before the talents of another, or the example that he or she has set. This is a distinctive moral emotion, whose explanation will be the same as for the feeling of respect for the moral law.
Second, the texts indicate that this leads up to a comparison of the value of the maxim with the value of the moral law that had previously been obstructed by the agent’s beliefs and rationalizations. At one point Kant says that ‘the moral law unavoidably humiliates every human being when he compares the sensible propensity of his nature with it’ (KpV 5: 74). His view is that when maxims of self-love are placed side by side with moral maxims, we cannot help but acknowledge the superiority of the latter.
It is a cognitive state, because it is the result of practical reasoning. It is the acceptance of a set of principles and value priorities that involves the judgment or belief that one has certain reasons for action, and it admits of rational support. But as a belief about what one has reason to do (in particular about what sorts of reasons should be given deliberative priority), it is a state with motivational implications. I am inclined to say that it is a motivational state, and one that is effective in action in so far as an agent responds rationally.