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Kant’s third scenario     The Scenario itself     A third finds in himself a talent which with the help of some culture might make him a  useful man in many respects.  But he finds himself in comfortable circumstances, and  prefers to indulge in pleasure rather than to take pains in enlarging and improving his  happy natural capacities.  He asks, however, whether his  maxim of neglect of his natural  gifts, besides agreeing with his inclination to indulgence, agrees also with what is called  duty.  He sees then that a system of nature could indeed subsist with such a universal  law although men (like the South Sea islanders) should let their talents rust, and resolve  to devote their lives merely to idleness, amusement, and propagation of their species— in other word, to enjoyment;  but he cannot possibly will that this should be a universal   law of nature, or be implanted in us as such by a natural instinct .  For, as a rational  being, he necessarily wills that his faculties be developed, since they serve him, and  have been given him, for all sorts of possible purposes.” Likely Conclusion for Kant     Kant would not find it moral for a person to neglect their natural gifts to seek happiness . Two main reasons:
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This note was uploaded on 04/30/2010 for the course PHL 347 taught by Professor Kelley during the Spring '10 term at Bradley.

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