Phil 301 Reaction Paper 2

Phil 301 Reaction Paper 2 - Catherine Howard Cah3459...

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Catherine Howard Cah3459 16:13:46 16:13:46 5.3 Kant’s Deontology Main Ideas -Questions fundamental source of morality -2 types of Imperatives (commands) -Hypothetical: depend on circumstances and someone’s desires -Appropriate qualified goods (ex: hard work brings success) -Not important for morality Categorical: apply universally, without regard to circumstances -Not for the sake of some end goal, but simply in virtue of rationality -Appropriate to unqualified goods -A good will is good without qualification -The only categorical imperative is “You ought to have a good will” A. Identify the act’s maxim B. What would happen if everyone always acted on that maxim- if that maxim became universal law C. Can you will that maxim as a universal law? -Do not make an exception of yourself -People who do something wrong don’t want others to act that way -A good will acts out of respect- respect for moral law, stemming from respect for others as rational beings -An action must be done for the sake of duty to have moral value
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This note was uploaded on 09/15/2010 for the course PHL 301 taught by Professor Bonevac during the Spring '08 term at University of Texas.

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