Kant on Practical Life: From Duty to History

2015.03.26 : View this Review Online | View Recent NDPR Reviews Kristi E. Sweet, Kant on Practical Life: From Duty to History, Cambridge University Press, 2013, 223pp., $90.00 (hbk), ISBN
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2015.03.26 : View this Review Online | View Recent NDPR Reviews Kristi E. Sweet, Kant on Practical Life: From Duty to History, Cambridge University Press, 2013, 223pp., $90.00 (hbk), ISBN 9781107037236. Reviewed by Sasha Mudd, University of Southampton In her strikingly ambitious book, Kristi Sweet offers a synoptic overview of Kant's practical thought, arguing that it constitutes an organic unity, despite Kant's own failure to exhibit it as such. Few attempts of this kind have been made to articulate the unity and meaning of Kant's practical philosophy as a whole, and for good reason. Kant's diverse and far-ranging discussions of duty, the moral law and virtue, on the one hand, and the state, religion and culture, on the other -- to name just a few -- evince no obvious overall coherence. Indeed, Kant's practical thought contains deontological and teleological elements that many have found difficult to reconcile. This lack of a clear sense of "how it all hangs together". . .

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