Patrick Kain

Department of Philosophy

Purdue University





Kant claims that there is an imperative of prudence based upon the fact that each finite rational being necessarily wills his own happiness, but this thesis appears to conflict with the account of ends Kant formulates in Metaphysik der Sitten.  After elaborating the apparent problem this poses for Kant's conception of prudence, it is argued that Kant is committed to the idea of a necessarily possessed end independently of his account of prudence and that there is no special problem with the idea of happiness as a necessary end.

"A Preliminary Defense of Kantian Prudence"

Kant und die Berliner Aufklärung: Akten des IX. Internationalen Kant-Kongresses (Proceedings of the IX. International Kant Congress)

ed. Volker Gerhardt, Rolf-Peter Horstmann and Ralph Schumacher  Berlin: de Gruyter, 2001

ISBN-13: 9783110169799

Volume III, pp. 239-246. (4,427 words)