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Phil – February 10, 2010 Immanuel 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? It’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
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