publication . Article . 2014

Formalism in Kantian Ethics from a Schelerian Perspective

Alireza Hassanpoor;
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  • Published: 01 Nov 2014 Journal: Philosophical Investigations, volume 8, issue 14, pages 149-163 (issn: 2251-7960, eissn: 2423-4419, Copyright policy)
  • Publisher: University of Tabriz
The aim of this paper is examining the issue that whether Kant's ethical thought, as Scheler and some other philosophers have claimed, is formalistic. Here, after explaining the meaning of formalism and history of this kind of critique of Kant, we try to show his formalistic view in ethics through considering some of the basic concepts of his ethical thought, such as absolute good, duty, categorical imperative, and autonomy of the will. It has been said that Kant's focusing on universal form of moral law and neglecting material aspects, contents, objects and ends of the actions imply his formalism in ethics. Furthermore, referring to the relationship between for...
free text keywords: Ethical formalism, scheler, ethics, phenomenology, lcsh:Philosophy (General), lcsh:B1-5802
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