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 surprinsingly 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.

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


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