Individuals who value personal automy and sympathize with others can be guided by a set of central obligations that are familiar to those sharing in the Western moral tradition. These obligations may t be applicable to every imaginable situation, but the informed determination to act upon them is necessary for combating serious and easily identifiable moral evils. This overall argument is called a post-Kantian moral image. Here, moral image is understood as a comprehensive pattern of ethical thought that retains a high level of generality and imposes some order on our rmative considerations. The characterization post-Kantian indicates that the proposed moral image is inspired by and draws upon Kant's practical philosophy. At the same time it avoids certain problematic Kantian positions and incorporates others that have been vehemently rejected by Kant- like the key role of emotion- in undertaking and justifying morality.
Filimon Peonidis is Assistant Professor of Moral and Political Philosophy at Aristotle University of Thessaloniki. Professor Peonidis holds a Ph.D. in Philosophy from the University of Crete.