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Cultivating VirtuePerspectives from Philosophy, Theology, and Psychology$
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Nancy E. Snow

Print publication date: 2014

Print ISBN-13: 9780199967421

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: December 2014

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199967421.001.0001

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Kant on Virtue and the Virtues

Kant on Virtue and the Virtues

(p.87) Chapter 4 Kant on Virtue and the Virtues
Cultivating Virtue

Adam Cureton

Thomas Hill

Oxford University Press

Immanuel Kant is known for his ideas about duty and morally worthy acts, but his conception of virtue is less familiar. Nevertheless Kant’s understanding of virtue is quite distinctive and has considerable merit compared to the most familiar conceptions. Kant also took moral education seriously, writing extensively on both the duty of adults to cultivate virtue and the empirical conditions to prepare children for this life-long responsibility. The chapter’s aims are, first, to explain Kant’s conception of virtue; second, to highlight some distinctive and potentially appealing features of the Kantian account of virtue; third, to summarize and explain Kant’s prescriptions for educating young children and youth, as well as the duty of moral self-improvement that he attributes to all adults; and, fourth, to respond to some common objections that we regard as misguided or insubstantial.

Keywords:   Kant, virtue, good will, moral education, self-improvement

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