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Constructing Authorities: Reason, Politics and Interpretation in Kant's Philosophy

Onora O'Neill (University of Cambridge)

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Cambridge University Press
30 December 2015
Ethics & moral philosophy; Politics & government; Jurisprudence & philosophy of law
This collection of essays brings together the central lines of thought in Onora O'Neill's work on Kant's philosophy, developed over many years. Challenging the claim that Kant's attempt to provide a critique of reason fails because it collapses into a dogmatic argument from authority, O'Neill shows why Kant held that we must construct, rather than assume, the authority of reason, and how this can be done by ensuring that anything we offer as reasons can be followed by others, including others with whom we disagree. She argues that this constructivist view of reasoning is the clue to Kant's claims about knowledge, ethics and politics, as well as to his distinctive accounts of autonomy, the social contract, cosmopolitan justice and scriptural interpretation. Her essays are a distinctive and illuminating commentary on Kant's fundamental philosophical strategy and its implications, and will be a vital resource for scholars of Kant, ethics and philosophy of law.
By:   Onora O'Neill (University of Cambridge)
Imprint:   Cambridge University Press
Country of Publication:   United Kingdom
Dimensions:   Height: 228mm,  Width: 152mm,  Spine: 15mm
Weight:   390g
ISBN:   9781107538252
ISBN 10:   1107538254
Pages:   262
Publication Date:   30 December 2015
Audience:   Professional and scholarly ,  Undergraduate
Format:   Paperback
Publisher's Status:   Active

Onora O'Neill, Baroness O'Neill of Bengarve, is a former Principal of Newnham College, Cambridge, sits as a crossbench peer in the House of Lords and is Emeritus Honorary Professor of Philosophy at the University of Cambridge. She has published widely on Kant's philosophy and her most recent publications include Acting on Principle, 2nd edition (Cambridge, 2013).

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