Work of the Fellows: Monographs

Kant’s Theory of Virtue: The Value of Autocracy

By Anne Margaret Baxley (NHC Fellow, 2003–04)

Cambridge, UK: Cambridge University Press, 2010

From the publisher’s description:

Anne Margaret Baxley offers a systematic interpretation of Kant's theory of virtue, whose most distinctive features have not been properly understood. She explores the rich moral psychology in Kant's later and less widely read works on ethics, and argues that the key to understanding his account of virtue is the concept of autocracy, a form of moral self-government in which reason rules over sensibility. Although certain aspects of Kant's theory bear comparison to more familiar Aristotelian claims about virtue, Baxley contends that its most important aspects combine to produce something different – a distinctively modern, egalitarian conception of virtue which is an important and overlooked alternative to the more traditional Greek views which have dominated contemporary virtue ethics.

Philosophy / Ancient Greek Philosophy / Morality / Virtue / Immanuel Kant /

Baxley, Anne Margaret (NHC Fellow, 2003–04). Kant's Theory of Virtue: The Value of Autocracy. Modern European Philosophy. Cambridge, UK: Cambridge University Press, 2010.