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The Division of Ethics from Political Philosophy

The aim of the project is to resolve a confusion in the intellectual foundation of ethics and show how it can reclaim its interrelation with political philosophy.

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About the project

Ethics and political philosophy are integral both to human individual activities and to social interactions, and yet philosophy in the Kantian tradition has reinforced the separation of these two domains. This project aims to resolve a confusion in the intellectual foundation of ethics and show how it can reclaim its interrelation with political philosophy.

This aim can be achieved by analysing the long-neglected, yet significant, influence of Alexander Gottlieb Baumgarten on Kant’s division of ethics from political philosophy, or what Kant calls the "doctrine of virtue" from the "doctrine of right".

Goal

Although philosophers have struggled to understand why Kant separated so clearly ethics and political philosophy, we still do not have a complete grasp of this separation. The key to understanding this separation is the conceptual apprehension of Baumgarten’s legacy in Kant’s philosophy.

By filling the knowledge gap and gathering fresh insights into an important but neglected figure in the history of philosophy, we can gain an improved understanding of a crucial distinction in Kant’s philosophy. Analysing the influence of Baumgarten on Kant, the project aims to show that developing a refined concept of justice is important for answering the questions arising from the tension between ethics and political philosophy.

Duration

From 01.09.21 to 31.08.23.


Financing

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This project receives funding from the European Union’s Horizon 2020 research and innovation programme under the Marie Skłodowska-Curie grant agreement No 101027095.

Published Dec. 10, 2021 10:06 AM - Last modified Jan. 11, 2022 10:39 AM