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8th Edition of the Multilateral Kant Colloquium - Maria Borges

Abstract: Pleasure and Displeasure in Kant’s Practical Philosophy In this paper, I analyse the theory of motivation in Kant`practical philosophy. I examine the the feeling of respect and moral feeling, showing their relation to moral action. I show that Kant offers different answers to this question in different works. In the Groundwork, Kant claims that not only one can, but one should act without any moral feeling. In the Doctrine of Virtue, however, Kant claims that there are some feelings which are subjective conditions of receptiveness of the concept of duty.These are moral feeling, conscience, love of human beings and self-respect. Moral feeling seems to be a product of the representation of moral law, consequently it is not an incentive to act morally. However, Kant also claims that moral feeling is a susceptibility on the part of free choice to be moved by pure practical reason. At the end, I present the intellectualist-affectionist debate regarding motivation in Kant.