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19 The argument that I have just presented—which, incidentally, is fully consistent with the refutations of ethical egoism that we find in the second Critique’s first chapter20—does provide support for what Kant asserts in Theorem I. But of course it does so only on one condition. It must be true that all material practical principles are coherently interpretable as maxims of Self-Love, Sociability, and Autonomy 7 self-love. This condition brings us face to face with the second lead question posed above: how is such an interpretation possible?
Ibid. To take just three examples: (1) Ameriks, Kant and the Fate of Autonomy interprets various post-Kantian projects as animated by an unacceptably immoderate idea of reason’s autonomy, inspired by but inconsistent with Kant’s philosophy. (2) Horstmann, “Zur Aktualität des Deutschen Idealismus” associates German idealism with a very strong commitment to monism shared by the post-Kantians but not characteristic of Kant. (3) Franks, All or Nothing equates German idealism with the essentially anti-skeptical effort to develop a strict system of knowledge derived from an unassailable first principle.