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Starting from an original comparative methodology this first book-length comparative study challenges the standard view of the relationship between Kant's and Sartre's ethical theories. While their works in moral philosophy are usually contrasted, this book makes a case for regarding Kant as one of Sartre's most important predecessors and for reading Sartre's ethical writings as offering a practical philosophy which is closer to Kant than more recent Kantian moral theories are. On the basis of the similarities between their practical philosophies, the author argues that several aspects of Kant's critical ethics, which have been overlooked or explicitly avoided by contemporary Kantians, can be retrieved and are essential for an appropriate approach to currently urgent normative problems, such as the problem of the justification of ethical and political norms in conditions of pluralism.

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