Cultivating Virtue: Moral Progress and the Kantian State

@article{Surprenant2007CultivatingVM,
  title={Cultivating Virtue: Moral Progress and the Kantian State},
  author={Chris W. Surprenant},
  journal={Kantian Review},
  year={2007},
  volume={12},
  pages={90 - 112}
}
After examining the ethical and political writings of Immanuel Kant, one finds an apparent paradox in his philosophy as his perfectionist moral teachings appear to be linked to his anti-perfectionist political theory. Specifically, he writes that the perfection of moral character can only take place for an individual who is inside of civil society, a condition where no laws may legitimately be implemented expressly for the purpose of trying to make individuals moral. Kant believes that living… Expand
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