PHIL 140-The Categorical Imperative

PHIL 140-The Categorical Imperative - Good Will Only good...

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Good Will Only good will is good without qualification Temperaments like intelligence, wit, judgement, purpose can be good and desirable but they can also be bad and hurtful when the will is not good Without good will , no matter what you do or have, you are still bad by nature It is a duty to have good will The Motive of Duty Motive of duty can be difficult to predict – from duty, immediate inclination or purposes of self interest Eg: To preserve one’s life is a duty and an immediate inclination They do protect their lives in comformity w/ duty, but not from the motive of duty” Doing good not from inclination but from duty Moral worth of an action does not depend on the result expected from it The Categorical Imperative Counter-argument: Obeying the law instead of from duty Categorical Imperative: “ Act only on that maxim through which you can at the same time will that it should become a universal law Maxim : A subjective principle of action and must be distinguuished from an
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PHIL 140-The Categorical Imperative - Good Will Only good...

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