Cultivating Virtue: Moral Progress and the Kantian State

  title={Cultivating Virtue: Moral Progress and the Kantian State},
  author={Chris W. Surprenant},
  journal={Kantian Review},
  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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Critique of Practical Reason' (CPrR), transl. Mary Gregor
  • The Cambridge Edition of the Works of Immanuel Kant: Practical Philosophy
  • 1999