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The Practice of Moral Judgment

The Practice of Moral Judgment

Barbara Herman

ISBN 9780674697188

Publication date: 02/01/1996

Barbara Herman argues for a radical shift in the way we perceive Kant's ethics. She convincingly reinterprets the key texts, at once allowing Kant to mean what he says while showing that what Kant says makes good moral sense. She urges us to abandon the tradition that describes Kantian ethics as a deontology, a moral system of rules of duty. She finds the central idea of Kantian ethics not in duty but in practical rationality as a norm of unconditioned goodness. This book both clarifies Kant's own theory and adds programmatic vitality to modern moral philosophy.


  • We can gratefully acknowledge that Herman has succeeded in exploring some rich new territory with unusual patience, originality, and insight. In a domain, like Kantian ethics, that many would suppose has already been fully mapped and assessed, this is a remarkable and welcome accomplishment.

    —Thomas E. Hill, Jr., Journal of Philosophy


  • Barbara Herman is Griffin Professor of Philosophy at the University of California, Los Angeles.

Book Details

  • 268 pages
  • 6-1/8 x 9-1/4 inches
  • Harvard University Press

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