Happiness and Its Value in Kant's Ethics


Charles A. Ryskamp Research Fellowships




This project sets out a systematic interpretation and assessment of Kant’s views about happiness, which have been widely neglected or misunderstood. Kant’s account of happiness is important for his full theory of value, for he believes that happiness is a natural, necessary end for human beings and part of our complete or highest good. Moreover, his account of happiness provides a welcome alternative to more familiar philosophical conceptions of happiness or human flourishing found in Greek virtue ethics, an alternative possessing the resources to account for our most important commitments about happiness, its value, and its significance in a good life.