Respect, Pluralism, and Justice: Kantian Perspectives

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Oxford University Press, 2000 - Philosophy - 281 pages
Respect, Pluralism, and Justice is a series of essays which sketch a broadly Kantian framework for moral deliberation, and then use it to address important social and political issues. What does it mean to respect humanity in a diverse world? Must respect be earned, and can it be forfeited?How, and why, should the state punish law-breakers? When, if ever, is political violence justified? How far are we responsible for the consequences of our misdeeds? How can liberals justify coercive state power in a world of diverse moral and religious beliefs? How far can we rely on consciencewhen it conflicts with authority? Although critical of Kant's extreme position on particular issues, Hill suggests ways to develop a Kantian approach that would emphasize the need for mutually respectful dialogue, appreciation of diversity, and sensitivity to particular contexts. In this lucidexploratory work Hill integrates the theoretical and the practical, allowing each to illuminate the other. He not only develops and extends Kantian ethical theory, but shows the role that it can play in our society.

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Introduction i
A Kantian Perspective on Moral Rules
Basic Respect and Cultural Diversity
Must Respect be Earned?
Donagans Kant
Kant on Responsibility for Consequences
A Coherent Mix of Deterrence
A Kantian Perspective on Political Violence
The Problem of Stability in Political Liberalism
Conscience and Authority

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About the author (2000)

Thomas E. Hill, Jr., is Kenan Professor of Philosophy at the University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill.

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