notes 7 - hemoralargumentforGod

Info iconThis preview shows pages 1–2. Sign up to view the full content.

View Full Document Right Arrow Icon
he “moral argument” for God Kant's “moral argument” rests upon a set of claims about the relationship between a person's leading of a virtuous moral life and the satisfaction of that person's desire for happiness. Central to these claims is the specification that Kant gives to the notion of “the highest good” as the proper object for the moral (“practical”) use of human reason. Within the context of the moral argument, the “practical use of reason” consists in the exercise of our will to choose actions in view of — and solely in view of — their moral rightness. In Kant's technical terminology, in such a choice we will our actions on the basis of a “categorical imperative.” The “highest good” consists in a proper proportioning of happiness to accord with the measure of the virtue each person acquires in willing right moral actions. The highest good thus includes a harmonious proper proportioning of happiness to virtue for all moral agents. For the highest good to be the object of the practical use of reason means that the actions that I will to be moral actions — i.e., actions chosen on the basis of following the categorical imperative — must also be actions that will effect a proper proportioning of
Background image of page 1

Info iconThis preview has intentionally blurred sections. Sign up to view the full version.

View Full DocumentRight Arrow Icon
Image of page 2
This is the end of the preview. Sign up to access the rest of the document.

This note was uploaded on 02/09/2009 for the course PHIL 102 taught by Professor Faulders during the Spring '09 term at Santa Barbara City.

Page1 / 3

notes 7 - hemoralargumentforGod

This preview shows document pages 1 - 2. Sign up to view the full document.

View Full Document Right Arrow Icon
Ask a homework question - tutors are online