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Kant and Applied Ethics
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Preface vi Note on Sources and Key to Abbreviations viii Introduction: Why Kant Now 1 Part I. Applying Kant's Ethics 11 1. Animal Suffering and Moral Character 13 2. Kant's Strategic Importance for Environmental Ethics 45 3. Moral and Legal Arguments for Universal Health Care 71 4. The Scope of Patient Autonomy 90 Part II. Kantian Arguments against Kant's Conclusions 115 5. Subjecting Ourselves to Capital Punishment 117 6. Same-Sex Marriage as a Means to Mutual Respect 139 Part III. Limitations of Kant's Theory 165 7. Consent, Mail-Order Brides, and the Marriage Contract 167 8. Individual Maxims and Social Justice 194 9. The Decomposition of the Corporate Body 217 10. Becoming a Person 241 Conclusion: Emerging from Kant's Long Shadow 283 Bibliography 289 Index 311

About the Author

Matthew C. Altman is an associate professor of philosophy and chair of the Philosophy & Religious Studies Department at Central Washington University. In addition to articles in ethics, applied ethics, and the history of philosophy, he is the author of A Companion to Kant's "Critique of Pure Reason" (2008), co-author of The Fractured Self in Freud and German Philosophy (2013), and editor of The Palgrave Handbook of German Idealism (2014).

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"This is a competent, clear, and evenhanded assessment of the relevance of Kant's thought for current moral debates. Summing Up: Recommended. Lower-level undergraduates through researchers/faculty." ("Choice", 1 October 2012)"Kant and Applied Ethics is a stimulating attempt to assess the relevance of Kantian theory for contemporary moral problems. Kantian moral philosophers will find much to disagree with, but there is no doubt that the book raises important puzzles for Kantian moral theory. Those unpersuaded by Kantian theory may find ammunition to use against Kantianism. Those who wish to defend Kant's theory may find a helpful formulation of some serious challenges to Kant's moral philosophy." ("Notre Dame Philosophical Reviews", 30 June 2012)

"Kant and Applied Ethics is a stimulating attempt to assess the relevance of Kantian theory for contemporary moral problems. Kantian moral philosophers will find much to disagree with, but there is no doubt that the book raises important puzzles for Kantian moral theory. Those unpersuaded by Kantian theory may find ammunition to use against Kantianism. Those who wish to defend Kant's theory may find a helpful formulation of some serious challenges to Kant's moral philosophy." ("Notre Dame Philosophical Reviews", 30 June 2012)

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