8. Individual Maxims and Social Justice

  1. Matthew C. Altman

Published Online: 6 OCT 2011

DOI: 10.1002/9781118114162.ch8

Kant and Applied Ethics: The Uses and Limits of Kant's Practical Philosophy

Kant and Applied Ethics: The Uses and Limits of Kant's Practical Philosophy

How to Cite

Altman, M. C. (2011) Individual Maxims and Social Justice, in Kant and Applied Ethics: The Uses and Limits of Kant's Practical Philosophy, Wiley-Blackwell, Oxford, UK. doi: 10.1002/9781118114162.ch8

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  1. Ellensburg, Wash., USA

Publication History

  1. Published Online: 6 OCT 2011
  2. Published Print: 30 SEP 2011

ISBN Information

Print ISBN: 9780470657669

Online ISBN: 9781118114162

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Keywords:

  • individual maxims and social justice, Kant's abstract universality;
  • Kant's deontological ethics;
  • Kant, in answering Hegel's formalism charge;
  • categorical imperative, extraneous to a person's motive;
  • Kantian theorists, dealing with individual actions;
  • Rawls' claims that deontological ethics, concerned with justice;
  • person's motive, Kantianism and utilitarianism differences;
  • consequences, not for assessing moral worth of an action;
  • Herman's “rules of moral salience” (RMS) and moral education;
  • Hegel's absolute universality, characterizing the ethical life

Summary

This chapter contains sections titled:

  • How Kant Answers Hegel's Formalism Charge

  • Basic Principles versus Particular Duties: Kant and Rawls

  • What Is My Obligation to Reduce Poverty?

  • Social Contexts Specify the Content of Maxims

  • Herman's Rules of Moral Salience

  • The Humanity of Others Is Not Simply Given

  • Developing Moral Judgment: The Case of Kant Himself

  • The Return of Hegel