After Idealism. Moral agency, responsibility, communication and community

Starting date
December 1, 2019
Duration (months)
Human Sciences
Managers or local contacts
Erle Giorgio
Kant, Hegel, Apel, moral agency

This research is aimed to demonstrate that the source of the twentieth century distinction between “ethics of intention” and “ethics of responsibility” is already to be found in the discussion on the meaning of moral agency in the different perspectivies of Kant and Hegel. Then we find the resumption of this debate not surprisingly in contemporary communication ethics referring both to Kantian Idealism and Hegelian Dialectics within a systematic placement of a rational foundation of ethics, as in the case of K.-O. Apel’s thought. In order to verify this research path, the intersection of important readings on responsibility is needed, on the one hand referring to the debate on the idealistic concept of moral agency across several current philosophical schools in Italy, in Germany, and in the U.S.A., on the other hand referring to the understanding of the role of the subject towards the community. In light of the objectives achieved during the first twelve months of the research, the work carried out so far has highlighted merits, but also problematic aspects in the foundational context in contemporary “procedural” ethics; this requires the possibility of moving now to a “pars construens”, focusing on the relationship between moral action and concreteness of reality, overcoming, if possible, the limits of a type of relational ethics which is based solely on intention and on a transcendental ground.

Project participants

Giulia Battistoni
Research Scholarship Holders
Giorgio Erle
Associate Professor
Davide Poggi
Associate Professor
Research areas involved in the project
Radici e culture della contemporaneità
Title Authors Year
Azione e coscienza in Hegel: tra filosofia dell’arte e filosofia del diritto Battistoni, Giulia 2020
Azione e imputazione in G.W.F. Hegel alla luce dell’interpretazione di K.L. Michelet Battistoni, Giulia 2020
Essere e attribuzione di libertà in Fichte Battistoni, Giulia 2020
Fondamenti per un agire responsabile. Riflessioni a partire dalla filosofia classica tedesca Battistoni, Giulia 2020
Introduzione Battistoni, Giulia 2020
La dottrina hegeliana del giudizio come fondamento logico dell’imputabilità Battistoni, Giulia 2020
L’inizio della libertà del soggetto e l’organismo: riflessioni a partire dalle filosofie della natura di Hans Jonas e di Hegel Erle, Giorgio 2020
Mind, Understanding and Passions. La mente emotivo-passionale di John Locke POGGI, Davide 2020
Per un’etica della comunicazione a partire da Kant: guadagni e criticità Battistoni, Giulia 2020
Sequenziamento del DNA e manipolazione genetica: implicazioni etiche delle più recenti conoscenze scientifiche Battistoni, Giulia 2020
Tra filosofia pratica e filosofia teoretica. Appunti per una fondazione razionale dell’etica, da Kant e Hegel a Jonas e Apel Erle, Giorgio 2020
Wissen und Wollen: il fondamento dell’imputazione della responsabilità in G.W.F. Hegel Battistoni, Giulia 2020
Hegels Zurechnungslehre mit Rücksicht auf ihre juristischen Implikationen Battistoni, Giulia 2019
Michael Quante, Studi sulla filosofia di Karl Marx Battistoni, Giulia 2019


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