Anne Margaret Baxley F'09

Anne Margaret  Baxley
Associate Professor
Philosophy
Washington University in St. Louis

Charles A. Ryskamp Research Fellowships 2009
Assistant Professor
Philosophy
Washington University in St. Louis
Happiness and Its Value in Kant's Ethics

This project sets out a systematic interpretation and assessment of Kant’s views about happiness, which have been widely neglected or misunderstood. Kant’s account of happiness is important for his full theory of value, for he believes that happiness is a natural, necessary end for human beings and part of our complete or highest good. Moreover, his account of happiness provides a welcome alternative to more familiar philosophical conceptions of happiness or human flourishing found in Greek virtue ethics, an alternative possessing the resources to account for our most important commitments about happiness, its value, and its significance in a good life.