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- DescriptionAutomy for Kant is t just a synym for the capacity to choose, whether simple or deliberative. It is what the word literally implies: the imposition of a law on one's own authority and out of one's own rational resources. In Kant and the Limits of Automy , Shell explores the limits of Kantian automy - both the force of its claims and the complications to which they give rise. Through a careful examination of major and mir works, Shell argues for the importance of attending to the difficulty inherent in automy and to the related resistance that in Kant's view automy necessarily provokes in us. Such attention yields new access to Kant's famous, and famously puzzling, Groundlaying of the Metaphysics of Morals . It also provides for a richer and more unified account of Kant's later political and moral works; and it highlights the pertinence of some significant but neglected early writings, including the recently published Lectures on Anthropology. Kant and the Limits of Automy is both a rigorous, philosophically and historically informed study of Kantian automy and an extended meditation on the foundation and limits of modern liberalism.
- Author BiographySusan Meld Shell is Professor of Political Science, Boston College.
- Author(s)Susan Meld Shell
- PublisherHarvard University Press
- Date of Publication07/04/2009
- Place of PublicationCambridge, Mass
- Country of PublicationUnited States
- ImprintHarvard University Press
- Weight794 g
- Width155 mm
- Height235 mm
- Spine38 mm
- Format DetailsUnsewn / adhesive bound,Cloth over boards,With printed dust jacket
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