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MAREY, Macarena. Is the Kantian Universalization Demand a Sufficient Procedure for the Establishment of Moral-Ethical Contents?: Some Considerations Regarding a Negative Answer to this Question. arete [online]. 2011, vol.23, n.1, pp.79-108. ISSN 1016-913X.

In this article we analyze the thesis that claims the sufficiency of the Kantian universalization procedure expressed in the categorical imperative of the general law (Groundwork of the Metaphysics of Morals) to determine the content of morality, with the aim of holding that this thesis contradicts Kant’s final conception of Ethics as it is expounded in Metaphysics of Morals, insofar as it is structured upon the normative priority of the "end of humanity". The effective adoption of this end -or practical principle- is a necessary condition for the ascription of morality and for the determination of the "content" of the "moral law". In order to achieve this aim, we analyze two of the most influential interpretations that are at the base of the aforementioned thesis,, John R. Silber’s, in "Procedural Formalism in Kant’s Ethics", and Henry E. Allison’s in "Morality and Freedom: Kant’s Reciprocity Thesis".

Palabras clave : Kant; universalizability; humanity as an end; morality.

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