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8th Edition of the Multilateral Kant Colloquium - Antonino Falduto

Abstract: Magnanimity in Kant (and Schiller) In my paper, I will argue against the idea that ugliness is necessarily to be found in human moral actions, as Kant describes them. In order to do this, I will present a critique of the early reception of Kant’s moral philosophy, which connects Kantian ethics with something repugnant, by mostly concentrating on Friedrich Schiller’s Kallias Letters. The main aim of my paper is that of distinguishing between the concept of “strength of soul” and the concept of “magnanimity” in Kant’s work. By differentiating between these two concepts, I aim to show why strength of soul is required for every human moral action, while magnanimity consists only in a normative ideal and model for human beings.