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Philosophische Zeitschrift der Kant-Gesellschaft

Ed. by Baum, Manfred / Dörflinger, Bernd / Klemme, Heiner F.

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Volume 103, Issue 3


Self-Determination and the Categories of Freedom in Kant’s Moral Philosophy

Seung-Kee Lee,
Published Online: 2012-10-25 | DOI: https://doi.org/10.1515/kant-2012-0022

Abstract: Kant speaks of our capacity to be “self-determining […] in certain […] laws holding firm a priori” (KrV, B 430). Here the “laws” refer to the categories of freedom introduced in KpV. The categories of freedom, then, are necessary for self-determination. I first explain how Kant employs the notion of determination in his theoretical philosophy. I then explain how the notion is utilized also in his practical philosophy, particularly in connection to the act of determining the forms of willing that make morality possible. I conclude by answering the question, Why are the categories of freedom necessary for self-determination? Understanding why the categories of freedom are required for self-determination will also help clarify the nature and function of Kant’s categories of freedom, which have puzzled many scholars.

: self-determination; determination; categories; logic

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Published Online: 2012-10-25

Published in Print: 2012-09-01

Citation Information: , Volume 103, Issue 3, Pages 337–350, ISSN (Online) 1613-1134, ISSN (Print) 0022-8877, DOI: https://doi.org/10.1515/kant-2012-0022.

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