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Kant sulla fragilità della natura umana

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journal RIVISTA DI FILOSOFIA NEO-SCOLASTICA
issue RIVISTA DI FILOSOFIA NEO-SCOLASTICA - 2019 - 3
title Kant sulla fragilità della natura umana
Kant on the Frailty of Human Nature
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publisher Vita e Pensiero
format Article | Pdf
online since 10-2019
doi 10.26350/001050_000125
issn 00356247 (print) | 18277926 (digital)
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In real life, examples of people who act against their better judgment in nonmoral as well as moral contexts are not hard to find. However, over the centuries philosophers have often been unable to make sense out of the common phenomenon of weakness of will. If one knows what the right thing to do is and is able to do it, why does not he/she just do it?Although Kant never gave us an explicit discussion of weakness of will, his brief remarks about it bring him closer to ordinary judgment concerning its ubiquity in daily life. Actually, Kant is very concerned with our propensity to fail to do what we morally ought to do even when we clearly know what we morally ought to do and are able to do it. In order to understand how Kant investigates this anthropological dynamic, one key issue that needs to be taken into account at the outset concerns Kant’s particular perspective on action. On the basis of this analysis, we will try to clarify Kant’s conception of the frailty of human will, as well as to assess the possibility to understand this frailty in terms of self-deception or vice.

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Weakness, Will, Action, Morality, Self-deception, Vice

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University of Southern Maine, USA. Email: louden@maine.edu

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