Kant's Theory of Normativity,

2017.07.20 : View this Review Online | View Recent NDPR Reviews Konstantin Pollok, Kant's Theory of Normativity, Cambridge University Press, 2017, 350pp., $99.99 (hbk), ISBN 9781107127807.
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2017.07.20 : View this Review Online | View Recent NDPR Reviews Konstantin Pollok, Kant's Theory of Normativity, Cambridge University Press, 2017, 350pp., $99.99 (hbk), ISBN 9781107127807. Reviewed by Yoon H. Choi, Marquette University Konstantin Pollok begins by drawing attention to the radical nature of Kant's Copernican turn. We miss its full significance, he argues, if we cast it as a demure retreat from ontology to epistemology (14, 25). Kant effects something far bolder: the final displacement of divine perfection from its traditional role as "ultimate and unique source of normativity" (23). But what comes next? Does it remain true that there are ways we ought to think and act, perhaps even feel? Where could such standards come from, and what could give them their authority? Kant's answer to these questions is familiar enough: reason and reason alone is to be our guide. But it remains far from clear what this answer means, and... Read More

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