JBSP Online: Min Seol – Ethical Lessons from Heidegger’s Phenomenological Reading of Kant’s Practical Philosophy

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Available now on T&F Online, Min Seol’s essay for the BSP’s Journal, published online in advance of the paper edition.

Min Seol – ‘Ethical Lessons from Heidegger’s Phenomenological Reading of Kant’s Practical Philosophy: Heideggerian Revision of Kant’s Justification of Morality’ (Originally published online: 26 July 2019).

Abstract: In The Essence of Human Freedom, Heidegger suggests that Kant’s idea of pure will and Heidegger’s own idea of resoluteness are rooted in the same experience of demand from our own essence. This experience can unfold, I argue, through twofold self-understanding: first, the primordial self-understanding on the existentiell level that results in the indefiniteness of pure will (or resoluteness), as Heidegger’s phenomenological reading of Kant (or his own existential analysis) presents; and second, the practical self-understanding on the rational level that results in the principle of morality, as Kant’s Groundwork of the Metaphysics of Morals demonstrates. Based on this approach, if we accept Heidegger’s phenomenological interpretation of pure will but do not follow his rejection of the categorical imperative formulas, we can achieve a Heideggerian revision of Kant’s original justification of morality while avoiding Kant’s problematic assumption that the authentic self belongs to the intelligible realm.

Full article: https://doi.org/10.1080/00071773.2019.1647609

Min Seol, Yeollim Academy of Liberal Arts, Sungkonghoe University, Guro-gu, Seoul, South Korea

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