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Philosophy Political

The Kantian Imperative

Humiliation, Common Sense, Politics

by (author) Paul Saurette

Publisher
University of Toronto Press, Scholarly Publishing Division
Initial publish date
Aug 2005
Category
Political, Ethics & Moral Philosophy, History & Theory
  • Paperback / softback

    ISBN
    9780802048806
    Publish Date
    Aug 2005
    List Price
    $45.95
  • Hardback

    ISBN
    9780802038821
    Publish Date
    Aug 2005
    List Price
    $111.00
  • eBook

    ISBN
    9781487592301
    Publish Date
    Aug 2005
    List Price
    $49.95

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Description

Immanuel Kant's moral philosophy is almost universally understood as the attempt to analyse and defend a morality based on individual autonomy. In The Kantian Imperative, Paul Saurette challenges this interpretation by arguing that Kant's 'imperative' is actually based on a problematic appeal to 'common sense' and that it is premised on, and seeks to further cultivate and intensify, the feeling of humiliation in every moral subject.

Discerning the influence of this model on a wide variety of historical and contemporary political thought and philosophy and critical of its implications, Saurette explores its impact on the work of two seminal and contemporary thinkers in particular: Charles Taylor and Jürgen Habermas. Saurette also shows that an analysis of the Kantian imperative allows a better understanding of current political problems such as the U.S. torture scandal at Abu Ghraib in Iraq and broader post-9/11 U.S. foreign policy. The Kantian Imperative thus demonstrates that philosophy and political theory are as relevant to contemporary events as at any other time in history.

About the author

Paul Saurette is an assistant professor with the School of Political Studies at the University of Ottawa.

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Awards

  • Winner, CB MacPherson Prize

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