Kant and Objective Morality

Kant’s moral philosophy is widely misunderstood, mainly because he expressed himself badly. I shall present a defence of his key claims. The moral law is an objective imperative, holding independently of what anyone thinks or feels about it; it is known by reason, like the laws of logic. It requires us to work towards a state of affairs in which happiness and virtue are maximized, and happiness distributed in proportion to virtue. It is not (as is often thought) a morality of rigid rules. Nor is it vague. He explicates the ideas of happiness and perfection in a way that fits well with our intuitions. Sceptics deny the objectivity of morality, but their arguments fail, largely because they demand standards of justification which Kant shows to be inappropriate.

Ralph Walker is an Emeritus Fellow of Magdalen College, Oxford, where he continues to teach. His research concentrates on Kant, on Moral Philosophy, and on the concepts of Truth and Reality.

Door 10.30, £5 in advance, £2 concs./Free to Ethical Society members. https://www.eventbrite.co.uk/e/sunday-lecture-kant-and-objective-morality-tickets-10390709893

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