XI. ETHICAL SALIENCE OF MODERN PHILOSOPHY: KANT ON ETHICS
A. Required Readings:
Kant, Foundation of Metaphysics of Morals I, II [MORGAN: 980-1017]
Secondary Literature: read one of the following
Etienne Gilson and Thomas Langan, Modern Philosophy: Descartes to Kant (New York: Random House, 1963), pp. 435-448.
Frederick Copleston, S.J., A History of Philosophy, Vol VI (New York: Image, 1963), pp. 308-348.
James Collins, History of European Philosophy (Milwaukee: Bruce, 1954) pp. 515-543.
B. Writing Assignment:
Write a 3 page paper on the following theme: why can happiness no longer serve as the basis for ethics according to Kant? What then will be the new basis for ethics?
C. Supplemental Readings:
Jacques Maritain. Moral Philosophy. New York: Scribner's, 1964. pp. 92-118.
Roger Scruton, Kant. New York: Oxford, 1982. pp. 58-94.
Roger Scruton. A Short History of Modern Philosophy. 2nd edition. New York: Routledge, 1995. pp. 144-160.
Roger J. Sullivan. An Introduction to Kant's Ethics. New York: Cambridge, 1994.
Pierre Hassner. "Kant" in History of Political Philosophy, eds. Leo Strauss and Joseph Cropsey, 3rd ed. (Chicago: Univ. of Chicago Press, 1987), pp. 581-621.
Alasdair MacIntyre. A Short History of Ethics. New York: Macmillan, 1966. pp. 190-198.