Philosophy and the Public Sphere Academic Article uri icon


  • Kant's elevation of practical reason to a position of primacy in relation to theoretical reason is certainly well known. With this, though, comes also a new articulation of what the task of philosophy is. This paper addresses how Kant thinks that philosophy must actively promote and work to bring about the essential ends of human life, namely, moral goodness and a just society. This means that philosophers must direct the use of their reason to the public sphere. In this, the primary occupations of philosophy for Kant can be seen to be moral education, which aims at the moral goodness of individuals, and political critique, which seeks to bring about a society in accord with universal law. © 2011. Idealistic Studies.

published proceedings

  • Idealistic Studies

author list (cited authors)

  • Sweet, K

citation count

  • 2

complete list of authors

  • Sweet, Kristi

publication date

  • January 2011