The Aesthetics of Morality: Schiller’s Critique of Kantian Rationalism

@inproceedings{Baxley2010TheAO,
  title={The Aesthetics of Morality: Schiller’s Critique of Kantian Rationalism},
  author={Anne Margaret Baxley},
  year={2010}
}
Philosophers often mention Friedrich Schiller as the author of a famous epigram taking aim at Kant’s account of moral motivation: Gladly I serve my friends, but alas I do it with pleasure. Hence I am plagued with doubt that I am not a virtuous person. To this, the answer is given: Surely, your only resource is to try to despise them entirely, And then with aversion do what your duty enjoins. These joking lines capture a natural objection to Kant’s rationalist picture of moral… CONTINUE READING

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