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Foot's doctrine of morality as a system of hypothetical imperatives


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RUFFINO, Marco Antonio Caron. Foot’s doctrine of morality as a system of hypothetical imperatives. Manuscrito: Revista Internacional de Filosofia, Campinas, SP, v. 22, n. 2, p. 345–366, 1999. Disponível em: Acesso em: 21 maio. 2024.


In this paper I critically discuss Foot’s criticismo of morality as a system of categorial imperatives. I develop some possible lines of reply based on Kant’s work. I also examine McDowell’s reply to Foot, and argue that his reply is not as far from Kant as he seems to think.



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