The Metaphysics of Vice: Kant and the Problem of Moral Freedom

Rethinking Kant 4 (2015)
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In line with the tradition running from Ancients through Christian thought, Kant affirms the idea of moral freedom: that true freedom consists in moral self-determination. The idea of moral freedom raises the problem of moral freedom: if freedom is moral self-determination, it seems that the wicked are not free and therefore not responsible for their wrongdoings. In this essay I discuss Kant's solution to this problem. I argue that Kant distinguishes between four modalities of freedom as moral self-determination and that the problem of moral freedom disappears when these distinctions are brought to light.

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Jeppe von Platz
University of Richmond


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