Toward a Serresian Reconceptualization of Kantian Respect

Philosophy Today 52 (1):52-59 (2008)
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Abstract

According to Immanuel Kant, moral experience is made possible by respect, an absolutely unique feeling in which the sensible and the intelligible are given immediately together. This paper argues that Kant's moral philosophy underemphasizes the role of this sensibility at the heart of moral experience and that a more rigorous conception of respect, grounded in Michel Serres's concepts of the parasite, the excluded/included third, and noise would yield a moral philosophy more consistent with Kant's own basic insights.

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Bryan Lueck
Southern Illinois University Edwardsville

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