Pedagogy in Light of Kant's Moral Anthropology


  • Viktor Kozlovskyi National University “Kyiv-Mohyla Academy“


Kant’s pedagogical doctrine in relation to his moral anthropology is revealed. The idea of close connection of Kant’s pedagogic with his understanding of human as a free individual who is prone to evil is analyzed. Kant characterizes evil as human’s fundamental feature, like radical evil, which emanated from human’s capacity to do something against moral principles of man’s nature. In his treatise “Religion Within the limits of Reason”, Kant with special strength focuses on man’s permanent internal struggle, which an individual must make with a liability to evil. To author’s mind an individual is like a “battlefield”, where kindness and cruelty are strangling for the opportunity to rule. In this context German philosopher pays attention to individual’s addiction to isolation, indisposition to speak, which is noticed in so-called “not communicative communication”, where a man is required to take much efforts in order to overcome loneliness. Therefore, an individual in spite of his or her taste to being alone is forced to contact with his or her relatives as far as he or she isn’t able to find the answers to all important questions alone. One of  these core issues is a question of education. The peculiarities of Kant’s pedagogical theory formation are analyzed in this article. Particularly, this is done because there is a need to look at the education as the process that combines enforcement and freedom, a demand to keep in external rules of behavior, and a human right for free choice in this process that requires from a person the ability to rise at the level of moral, cultural being. It’s connected with the formation of individual’s ethical temper that uses not only disciplinary methods of influence, but also a progressive blossoming of mental interests in overcoming his or her problems, bad personaltraits, and defects. Kant underlines that one cannot imagine the development of ethical temper as a condition where a human gains a state of perfection, as far as this process demands lots of efforts from a person in order to become an ethical individual.

Author Biography

Viktor Kozlovskyi, National University “Kyiv-Mohyla Academy“

PhD in philosophy, Associate professor of Department of Philosophy and Religion


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How to Cite

Kozlovskyi, V. (2015). Pedagogy in Light of Kant’s Moral Anthropology. Filosofiya Osvity. Philosophy of Education, 16(1), 183–196. Retrieved from






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