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Money And The Book: Kant And The Crisis Of The German Enlightenment

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In respect to the doctrine of virtue (Tugendlehre), it presents the well-known ideas of Kant's moral theory as it were from a new angle. It is essentially concerned with the ends of moral action and with the a priori, exhaustive and systematic deduction of duties as determined by such ends (virtue consisting in the strength of character to place the pursuit of such ends above all search for happiness). Kant's firm belief in the unarrestible, even if slow, progress of Enlightenment assumes the actual existence of such a public in Germany. This is, however, an assumption that was disputed in a forceful way in his own lifetime. Kant's late writings in the nineties constitute the concluding chapter in the history of German Enlightenment. For Enlightenment as the dominant intellectual current and tendency of the time fades out in the nineties in Germany.

Keywords: criticism; German Enlightenment; Kant's moral theory



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