About the Author(s)
Karen Stohr is the Ryan Family Professor of Metaphysics and Moral Philosophy at Georgetown University, where she is also a Senior Research Scholar in the Kennedy Institute of Ethics. She publishes in the areas of Kantian ethics, Aristotelian virtue ethics, and contemporary ethical theory, focusing especially the relationship between moral norms and social norms. Her previous books include On Manners (Routledge, 2011) and Minding the Gap: Moral Ideals and Moral Improvement (Oxford University Press, 2019). Her articles have appeared The New York Times and the Houston Chronicle, and she writes an ethics column for the Washingtonian. She has been interviewed on NPR and Philosophy Talk.
"In this accessible and compelling book, Karen Stohr captures the beauty, elegance, and wisdom of Kantâs system of moral philosophy without sacrificing its complexity. Emphasizing the importance of understanding our all-too-human fallibilities, Stohrâs Kant shows us how to engage in honest self-assessment, avoid the temptations of self-deception, and do the hard but necessary work required to become a better person.ââ" -- Carol Hay, author of Think Like a Feminist: The Philosophy Behind the Revolution
"Choosing Freedom is about doing what we can to be better persons. What are the vicious attitudes we must try to avoid, and what kind of character and social relationships should we try to develop? Karen Stohr explains Kant's ideas on these matters in a remarkably engaging, informal style, making them accessible to beginning students and other non-specialists. She does not hesitate to criticize and reject Kant's cultural biases (for example, on race), but she provides a well-informed, richly illustrated, and wise commentary on positive features of Kant's advice. The book should be welcomed by any students, teachers, and general readers who want a plain explanation of basic points of Kantian moral theory and its practical relevance to their lives." -- Thomas E. Hill,
Philosophy, University of North Carolina
"Karen Stohr has accomplished an amazing thing: she has given us an introduction to Kant's ethics that is accessible and lively, without sacrificing any accuracy. She deftly explains the attractive moral concepts and ideals at the heart of Kant's view and demonstrates the practical relevance of the theory with a wealth of contemporary examples. Along the way she combats some of the persistent misconceptions that continue to plague the reception of Kant's moral theory. The book is perfect for introductory ethics courses or for any curious reader." -- Kyla Ebels-Duggan, Philosophy, Northwestern University
"Instead of looking down on us from the heavens of abstraction, Karen Stohr's Kant spends most of his time addressing how we might live more morally in our daily lives.Â Stohr turns from the major texts to Kant's essays and lectures, finding nuggets of wisdom ranging from ways to overcome self-conceit to how to organize a dinner party. A clear, enjoyable, and engaging introduction to a thinker who too often inspires fear, confusion, and a desire to curl up in a fetal position." -- Todd May, Philosophical Advisor to "The Good Place"