Some Considerations on the Notion of Evil in Kant’s Moral Philosophy

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BASAGLIA, Federica, 2017. Some Considerations on the Notion of Evil in Kant’s Moral Philosophy. In: Philosophical News(13), pp. 17-27. ISSN 2039-7194. eISSN 2037-6707

@article{Basaglia2017Consi-40187, title={Some Considerations on the Notion of Evil in Kant’s Moral Philosophy}, year={2017}, number={13}, issn={2039-7194}, journal={Philosophical News}, pages={17--27}, author={Basaglia, Federica} }

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