University of Zagreb, Center for Croatian Studies, Zagreb, Croatia
KeywordsImmanuel Kant; good will; duty; emotions; moral worth; motives; partiality
Immanuel Kant; dobra volja; dužnost; emocije; moralna vrijednost; motivi; pristranost
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AbstractIn this paper I critically examine the attempt of incorporation of emotions as motives into the framework of Kant’s ethics. In the first part of the paper I do this by discussing the distinction of acting from duty and acting in accordance with duty as well as Kant’s understanding of the notion of moral worth. In the second part of the paper I analyze the well-known objection that there is no place for partial forms of behavior in Kant’s ethics. I try to show that this objection should not be easily dismissed and suggest that the acceptable ethical theory should integrate emotions into its domain.