Beyond Duty: Kantian Ideals of Respect, Beneficence, and Appreciation




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Thomas Hill, Beyond Duty: Kantian Ideals of Respect, Beneficence, and Appreciation, Oxford University Press, 2022, 319pp., $85.00 (hbk), ISBN 9780192845481.

Reviewed by Jennifer K. Uleman, Purchase College (The State University of New York)

The telling title of this excellent book takes us right away to the good stuff, beyond the letter of the law, beyond duty, and to the spirit of Kantian ethics.  Duty-talk tracks exacting demands, which are surely interesting—but duty-talk also, with Kant, leads us to formal requirements, to the law, and so has a way of moving us away from whatever it is that animates Kantian ethics, from its spirit, from what moves Kant and Kantians to want to follow the law in the first place.  Thomas Hill is at home with the spirit of Kantian ethics, and we are all lucky this is so.

Hill’s book collects essays written during the last decade, for different purposes and audiences, all held…

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