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On Serpents and Doves: the systematic relationship between prudence and morality in Kant’s political philosophy

Authors
  • Klein, Joel Thiago1
  • 1 Centro de Ciências Humanas, Departamento de Filosofia, Paraná, 80060-140 , (Brazil)
Type
Published Article
Journal
Kant-Studien
Publisher
De Gruyter
Publication Date
Mar 09, 2021
Volume
112
Issue
1
Pages
78–104
Identifiers
DOI: 10.1515/kant-2021-0003
Source
De Gruyter
Keywords
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Abstract

This paper argues that the political adage “Be ye prudent as serpents and guileless as doves” involves three different types of relation between prudence and morality, namely: unification (Vereinigung), subordination (Unterordnung), and association (Beigesellung). I maintain that these relations are set up according to the same principle that determines the relationship between mechanical and teleological causality in the third Critique. Thus, I argue that morality and prudence are much more systematically related within the system of critical philosophy than is normally assumed in the literature and that this is made possible by way of an intimate relationship between prudence and teleological judgment.

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