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Moral autonomy and autonomy at the public sphere in Kant

Grant number: 12/21422-8
Support type:Scholarships abroad - Research
Effective date (Start): November 28, 2012
Effective date (End): January 27, 2013
Field of knowledge:Humanities - Philosophy - Ethics
Principal researcher:Monique Hulshof
Grantee:Monique Hulshof
Host: Jean-François Kervégan
Home Institution: Centro de Pesquisa. Universidade São Judas Tadeu (USJT). São Paulo , SP, Brazil
Research place: Université Paris 1 Panthéon-Sorbonne, France  

Abstract

As part of a broader research project, which aims to examine how Kant articulates the concepts of moral autonomy and of autonomy in the public sphere and to analyze the consequences of this articulation for Kant's conception of Right, this research project for two months at the University Paris 1 intends to do - besides the large bibliographical survey for the project as a whole - the initial investigation on the concept of autonomy in moral and political domains. Returning to the analyses, carried out at the end of our PhD thesis, about the Groundwork of the Metaphysics of Morals and the Critique of practical reason, we'll try to understand some political elements present in the concept of moral autonomy and to discuss how Kant can affirm that, in moral judgment, the subject represents his will as a member of a "legislative body". In a second moment, based on the reading of Onora O'Neill in Constructions of Reason, we intend to explore these political elements present in the concept of autonomy, investigating how Kant understands the exercise of autonomy in the public sphere, or what he calls "public use of reason", in the texts "An answer to the question: What is Enlightenment?", "What is Orientation in Thinking?" and in The Conflict of the Faculties. (AU)

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