Andrew Grant 2/9/10 Kant: Ground for the Metaphysics or Mortals Kant argues that in order to act in accordance with the universal law of nature one’s actions must be an end in themselves, not mere means of other needs. He argues that one should ignore experience and observations in order to find true universal moral laws. He then goes on to explain how rational beings will support the categorical imperative, and when they act together, the Kingdom of Ends develops. Aspects of Kant’s argument are very abstract and unreasonable. Kant explains how a rational being will act in accordance with the categorical imperatives. By recognizing other people’s feelings, a rational being will treat him or her with respect. Rational beings determine whether their actions are in line with other people’s satisfaction, and act accordingly. This concept is very similar to the Bible’s teaching of “Do to others as you’d like to be done upon yourself.” While Kant’s emphasis on ignoring experiences and social observations to derive the law of nature may seem
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