Kant also tried to define morality

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Kant also tried to define morality, another timeless philosophical question, in  Groundwork for the Metaphysics of Morals  (1785). In this work, he argues that reason  must be the basis for moral action and that any action undertaken out of convenience or  obedience cannot be considered moral, even if it is the right thing to do. Rather, the  morality of an action depends on the  motivation  for the action. Hence, if an individual  arrives at the conclusion that a certain action is right and pursues that course of action  as a result, then that behavior is moral. These and other ideas of Kant’s continued to  influence philosophers—especially German philosophers—long after his death. Hegel,  Marx, and Nietzsche all borrow significantly from Kant’s line of thinking. Though known less for his philosophy, Johann Wolfgang von Goethe (1749–1832) would  nevertheless emerge from the Enlightenment regarded as Germany’s finest writer. The  moody Goethe was prone to alternating between periods of production and remission, 
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This note was uploaded on 12/12/2011 for the course HIST 1320 taught by Professor Murphy during the Fall '08 term at Texas State.

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