Was Effi Briest a Victim of Kantian Morality?

Marcia Baron

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Julia Annas argues in "Personal Love and Kantian Ethics in 'Effi Briest'" (in Philosophy and Literature, April 1984) that Fontane's novel reveals how deeply destructive Kant's ethics, if put into practice, is to all that is most valuable in human life. I contest this, arguing that Effi's husband is not the Kantian man of principle that he appears to be. In doing so, I attempt to correct some common misunderstandings of just what a Kantian character would be.
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationFriendship: A Philosophical Reader
EditorsNeera Kapur Badhwar
PublisherCornell University Press
Number of pages17
Publication statusPublished - 1993


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