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Does ‘Ought’ Imply ‘Can’? And Did Kant Think It Does?

Stern, R. (2004) Does ‘Ought’ Imply ‘Can’? And Did Kant Think It Does? Utilitas, 16 (1). pp. 42-61. ISSN 0953-8208


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The aim of this article is twofold. First, it is argued that while the principle of ‘ought implies can’ is certainly plausible in some form, it is tempting to misconstrue it, and that this has happened in the way it has been taken up in some of the current literature. Second, Kant’s understanding of the principle is considered. Here it is argued that these problematic conceptions put the principle to work in a way that Kant does not, so that there is an important divergence here which can easily be overlooked.

Item Type: Article
Copyright, Publisher and Additional Information: © 2004 Cambridge University Press. Reprinted with permission.
Institution: The University of Sheffield
Academic Units: The University of Sheffield > Faculty of Arts and Humanities (Sheffield) > Department of Philosophy (Sheffield)
Depositing User: Repository Officer
Date Deposited: 23 Feb 2005
Last Modified: 04 Jun 2014 08:42
Status: Published
Refereed: Yes
Identification Number: 10.1017/S0953820803001055
URI: http://eprints.whiterose.ac.uk/id/eprint/298

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