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Kant on Evil, Self-Deception, and Moral Reform

Laura Papish


Kant on Evil, Self-Deception, and Moral Reform explores the cognitive dimensions of evil and moral reform in Immanuel Kant’s mature ethical theory. Its questions include what self-deception is for Kant, why and how it is connected to evil, and how we achieve the self-knowledge that should take the place of self-deceit. Crucial related issues discussed in the book include the role of hedonism in Kant’s practical philosophy, the adequacy of Kant’s theory of character, Kant’s accounts of moral weakness and moral strength, the alleged universality of evil in human nature, how social institutions a ... More

Keywords: Kant, evil, self-deception, rationalization, self-knowledge, self-cognition, moral reform, moral progress, moral development

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2018 Print ISBN-13: 9780190692100
Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: May 2018 DOI:10.1093/oso/9780190692100.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Laura Papish, author
Assistant Professor of Philosophy, George Washington University