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Talk at Bogazici: Sorin Baiasu (Keele) on “The Normative Force of Kant’s Formula of Universal Law” 18/04/2013

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Sorin Baiasu (Keele) will give a talk on Thursday, April 18th at Bogazici University, room TB130, from 5-7pm.

“The Normative Force of Kant’s Formula of Universal Law”

ABSTRACT: There is a perceivable shift in the literature on Kant’s Categorical Imperative: whereas for many years commentators have been engaged in disputes over how the Formula of Universal Law (FUL) should be interpreted in order to provide a test for the moral permissibility of maxims, more recently they have started to doubt and even reject the normative force of the FUL, and have focused instead on the Formula of the End in Itself (FEI). Moreover, in contrast to those interpreters who have used the FEI to argue for the value-based character of Kant’s ethics, more recent commentators reject a value-based reading of Kant. In this paper, I examine Mark Timmons’s recent innovative interpretation, and I aim to challenge his claim that the FUL does not have the normative force to distinguish between morally permissible and morally impermissible actions.

Written by Lucas Thorpe

April 12, 2013 at 2:36 pm

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