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Durham University

The Department of Philosophy

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Publication details for Dr Joe Saunders

Saunders, Joe & Sticker, Martin (2020). Moral Education and Transcendental Idealism. Archiv für Geschichte der Philosophie

Author(s) from Durham

Abstract

In this paper, we draw attention to several important tensions between
Kant’s account of moral education and his commitment to transcendental idealism.
Our main claim is that, in locating freedom outside of space and time, transcendental
idealism makes it difficult for Kant to both provide an explanation of
how moral education occurs, but also to confirm that his own account actually
works. Having laid out these problems, we then offer a response on Kant’s behalf.
We argue that, while it might look like Kant has to abandon his commitment to
either moral education or transcendental idealism, there is a way in which he can
maintain both.