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Kant & Kantian Ethics


Admission requirements

Good comprehension of English will be required.


This seminar aims to achieve two things: firstly, it offers a systematic reading of Kant’s Groundwork of the Metaphysics of Morals and discusses its take on issues of moral normativity, practical reason, and autonomy.

Secondly, we will see how Kantian themes and arguments resonate in contemporary discussions in practical philosophy and take a look at authors as diverse as John Rawls and Jürgen Habermas, Christine Korsgaard and David Velleman, Stephen Darwall, Thomas Scanlon and Michael Smith.

Course objectives

Course objectives will be posted on Blackboard by the start of the course.


Thursday, 9:00-12:00

See Collegeroosters Wijsbegeerte 2011-2012 , Master’s Programmes in Philosophy (Dutch website)
See Timetables Philosophy 2011-2012 , Master’s Programmes in Philosophy (English website)

Mode of instruction


Assessment method

Paper and oral presenattion.



Reading list

  • A copy of Kant’s Groundwork of the Metaphysics of Moral should be bought. Acceptable editions must contain the page numbers of the so-called “Akademie-Ausgabe”, the standard German edition of Kant’s works. The volume “Practical Philosophy” from the Cambridge Edition of the Works of Immanuel Kant is preferred.

  • Other literature will be made available on Blackboard.


Please register for this course on uSis.

Study Abroad students, please see the Study in Leiden website for information on how to apply.

Contact information

H.C. Sauer


Specialisation (MA Philosophy): Ethics and Politics
Specialisations (MA Philosophy of a Specific Discipline): Philosophy of Law, Philosophy of Political Science, Philosophy of Medical Sciences