KANTIAN PRACTICAL LOVE
Article first published online: 1 SEP 2010
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Pacific Philosophical Quarterly
Volume 91, Issue 3, pages 313–331, September 2010
How to Cite
FAHMY, M. S. (2010), KANTIAN PRACTICAL LOVE. Pacific Philosophical Quarterly, 91: 313–331. doi: 10.1111/j.1468-0114.2010.01369.x
- Issue published online: 1 SEP 2010
- Article first published online: 1 SEP 2010
In the Doctrine of Virtue Kant stipulates that ‘Love is a matter of feeling, not of willing . . . so a duty to love is an absurdity.’ Nonetheless, in the same work Kant claims that we have duties of love to other human beings. According to Kant, the kind of love which is commanded by duty is practical love. This paper defends the view that the duty of practical love articulated in the Doctrine of Virtue is distinct from the duty of beneficence and best understood as a duty of self-transformation, which agents observe by cultivating a benevolent disposition and practical beneficent desires.