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Kant’s Grounding for Metaphysics and Morals Is it true that right is always right, and wrong is always wrong? Can we as humans, entirely seek out what is right? According to Philosopher Immanuel Kant, we could. Kant believed in the human rationale. He believed rational humans could figure out the moral wrong and right to any situation. Trying to find and follow his own moral law, he is famous for phrasing the term, “Categorical Imperatives,” which he believed was a moral obligation that all humans should follow. The reasoning, he believed, was always right in itself, and good outside space and time, and could be used to help a situation. Kant was guided by a set of moral principles he called perfect duty and imperfect duty. Perfect duty, he attested, was one where we should not act where, if the action
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Unformatted text preview: should be carried out universally, would destroy the meaning of the action in itself. His philosophy was one that people should be able to do the right thing in itself, but one of the truest ways to be sure the right thing was done was that the action done went against personal desires (33). Kant feels like personal desires are really animalistic in nature as should be avoided unless they conform to the first test. Our desire to be happy, he believes is flawed in its very foundation (16), because often times it produces an undesirable result. Autonomy, he believed, should have us do the right thing because it was the right thing, not for any personal desires....
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This note was uploaded on 04/15/2008 for the course PHL 100 taught by Professor Sharp during the Spring '07 term at Alabama.

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