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Unformatted text preview: March 19th, 2007 Kant: Fundamental Principles of the Metaphysics of Morals In the second half of the Second Section, Kant begins to speak more of the categorical imperative, “Act only according to that maxim whereby you can at the same time will that it should become a universal law” and how that can relate to rational people and their actions. Kant reiterates the importance of the categorical imperative and states that when a person abuses the categorical imperative, they place their actions on a different level of standards than they would want redirected towards them. Kant says this action contradicts the principles of reason. For every action that a rational person does, they want to follow the categorical imperative and perform an action that could be considered a universal law. He states that rational beings think of themselves as the “end” and not the means to an end. To follow the categorical imperative we must accept the fact that other people are rational persons also and they are “ends” also, they...
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This note was uploaded on 03/26/2008 for the course HON 3347 taught by Professor Gorman during the Spring '07 term at Texas State.
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