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Unformatted text preview: Phil – February 10, 2010 I mmanuel Kant (1724-1804) Immanuel Kant • Practical test: How do we tell right from wrong? o One thing we might be looking for in morality is the test from right and wrong. We look for practical ways to determine wrong. o Ex: How do you determine something is water? You might do a variety of tests to figure it out • Theoretical question: What makes right actions right, and wrong actions wrong? o Ex: a theoretical question: What makes water, water? Rational Right • Right acts are rational • Wrong acts are irrational • Why be moral? I t’s the rational thing to do Intrinsic Good • Intrisic good: good for its own sake o Keys • Instrumental good: good for the sake of something else o Happiness • What is good for its own sake? Unqualified Good • Unqualified good: good unconditionally, good no matter what • Qualified good: good for something, good under certain conditions o Ex: ice cream (good under most conditions, it might be bad if you’re lactose intolerant or if you’re eating it in a snow storm)...
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This note was uploaded on 11/15/2010 for the course PHIL 301 taught by Professor Bonevac during the Spring '08 term at University of Texas.
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