By Matthew C. Altman
Kant and utilized Ethics makes an immense contribution to Kant scholarship, illuminating the important ethical parameters of key moral debates.Offers a severe research of Kant’s ethics, interrogating the theoretical bases of his conception and comparing their strengths and weaknessesExamines the controversies surrounding an important moral discussions happening at the present time, together with abortion, the loss of life penalty, and same-sex marriageJoins cutting edge thinkers in modern Kantian scholarship, together with Christine Korsgaard, Allen wooden, and Barbara Herman, in taking Kant’s philosophy in new and fascinating directionsClarifies Kant’s legacy for utilized ethics, supporting us to appreciate how those debates were dependent traditionally and supplying us with the philosophical instruments to deal with them
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This is a psychological thesis that needs as much empirical support as the purported link between animal cruelty and human cruelty. But it is important to recognize that such a debate over Kant’s usefulness occurs within the field of animal welfare ethics. We should evaluate the truth and the practical value of Kant’s ethics, but the fact that Kant is an anthropocentrist does not by itself imply that his views are contrary to the values and aims of animal welfare theory, or that Kant has nothing to contribute to debates over environmental policy.
44 Korsgaard, “Fellow Creatures,” 103–4. 45 Richard Dean, The Value of Humanity in Kant’s Moral Theory (Oxford: Clarendon Press, 2006), 188. 46 J. Skidmore, “Duties to Animals: The Failure of Kant’s Moral Theory,” The Journal of Value Inquiry 35, no. 4 (Dec. 2001): 541–59 (p. 546). 47 What it means for a desire to be natural or unnatural is conceptually problematic. All desires we have occur in nature, in the sense that they are had by human beings and are not implanted in us by some supernatural entity.
66 But the fact that people do think this way, as a matter of convention or something else, poses a question of strategy that is not simply theoretical. Given many people’s latent or explicit anthropocentrism – how else could people think that the mass slaughter of chickens, pigs, and cows is justified simply to satisfy our taste? – the more reasonable response by animal welfare theorists would not be to reject Kant’s position (as Singer and Regan do) or to revise it (as Wood and Korsgaard do), but to adopt it when necessary as a coherent argument strategy that makes a convincing case for why our current policies toward animals ought to be reevaluated.
Kant and Applied Ethics: The Uses and Limits of Kant's Practical Philosophy by Matthew C. Altman