chapter  3
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Kant and the autonomy of practical reason

Immanuel Kant wrote voluminously about practical reason, but his view of practical reasoning, like Hume’s conception of it, is largely implicit. It must be formulated through a study of his examples in the light of his doctrines about reason in relation to motivation and action. For this purpose, the most important text is his Foundations of the Metaphysics of Morals (the Grundlegung or Groundwork) and this will be my primary, though not my exclusive, Kantian source. In addition to representing his overall position on the relevant problems, it is important and very influential in its own right. It is probably Kant’s work most closely associated with the Kantian account of practical thinking in general. It is that account which, in part, this chapter attempts to formulate.