CC Essay 1 Second Semester - Halim

CC Essay 1 Second Semester - Halim - Kant and Rousseau both...

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Kant and Rousseau both discuss how individual autonomy fits in with a citizen’s adherence to the common interest in their social systems. However, they approach the incongruence with completely different ideas about possible solutions. I. Kant attempts to create a “Kingdom of Ends” where citizens commit all actions with the universal good of the society at hand. a. “Morals themselves remain subject to all sorts of corruption as long as we are without that clue and supreme norm by which to appraise them correctly.” (3) i. We need a means to judge them based on a priori reasoning. b. From this, Kant determines that we should have universal laws, or maxims based on this reasoning. Peoples should act with the universal good in mind. i. “A good will is not good because of what it effects or accomplishes… itself” (8) 1. Somewhat doubtful of the turnout. c. Kant creates extremely stringent guidelines. i. Initially his system seems like a way of morally guiding your actions. (ex the white lie. Obviously everyone cannot lie) 1. However, to be truly good people must do these for the right reason. Even a shopkeeper who keeps his price low with
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This note was uploaded on 02/24/2010 for the course ENG W2018 taught by Professor Niccolas during the Spring '10 term at Columbia.

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