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Interpreting Kant's Critiques$
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Karl Ameriks

Print publication date: 2003

Print ISBN-13: 9780199247318

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: January 2005

DOI: 10.1093/0199247315.001.0001

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Kant on the Good Will

Kant on the Good Will

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(p.192) 7 Kant on the Good Will
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Interpreting Kant's Critiques
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Karl Ameriks (Contributor Webpage)

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Oxford University Press
DOI:10.1093/0199247315.003.0008

Focuses on a normative question central to the beginning of Kant’s Groundwork, the concept of a good will. After distinguishing three varieties of the concept that can be constructed from Kant’s writings and criticizing several recent readings concerning them, it concludes that one can make the best sense of Kant’s intentions here by connecting the good will not to an individual act or perfect attitude but to the entirety of one’s character. Once this is done, however, there remain some very hard to understand basic features of Kant’s notion of character: his account of temptation, and his claim that we all can and should go through a fundamental moral conversion.

Keywords:   character, conversion, good will, motivation, temptation, unconditional value, will

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