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Neo-Kantian ethics refers to ethics scholarship that derives from the work of Immanuel Kant. Contemporary scholars in this area seek to advance key insights of Kant with the tools of contemporary philosophy while avoiding difficulties that may be found in some of Kant’s original arguments. Such work has been used to provide a theoretical foundation for business ethics and is typically contrasted with consequentialist scholarship.

There are many active areas of interest in this vibrant field. Regarding ethical motivation, neo-Kantians defend the view that such motivation properly originates within the self, and not from external sources such as God or fear or concern for the opinions of others. In this view, agents recognize both themselves and other persons as moral agents to whom duties are owed. ...

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