XI KANT KONGRESS, XI Congresso Kantiano Internazionale

Duties to the Deceased in Kant

Steven John Winkelman

Edificio: Palazzo dei Congressi
Sala: sala Fermi
Data: 22 maggio 2010 - 14:30
Ultima modifica: 08 aprile 2010


In this essay, I exam Kant on duties to the deceased. The paper will include five parts. First, I present what I take to be the standard interpretation of Kant’s model of duty. I then argue that the standard interpretation fails to account for duties to the deceased, as Kant supposes that his model of duty can. Second, I examine one possible yet untenable approach at accounting for duties to the deceased in Kant, using his concept of the highest good and the presupposition of the immortality of the soul. Third, I examine Kant’s remarks on respect for the moral law and examples of the moral law in order to clarify his model of duty. Fourth, I present a revised interpretation of Kant’s model of duty, in order to account for duties to the deceased. Finally, I conclude the paper with some clarifying remarks in response to possible objections.