Kantian Dilemmas? Moral Conflict in Kant’s Ethical Theory

  title={Kantian Dilemmas? Moral Conflict in Kant’s Ethical Theory},
  author={J. Timmermann},
  journal={Archiv f{\"u}r Geschichte der Philosophie},
  pages={36 - 64}
  • J. Timmermann
  • Published 2013
  • Sociology
  • Archiv für Geschichte der Philosophie
Abstract: This paper explores the possibility of moral conflict in Kant’s ethics. An analysis of the only explicit discussion of the topic in his published writings confirms that there is no room for genuine moral dilemmas. Conflict is limited to nonconclusive ‘grounds’ of obligation. They arise only in the sphere of ethical duty and, though defeasible, ought to be construed as the result of valid arguments an agent correctly judges to apply in the situation at hand. While it is difficult to… Expand
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