kantianethics - Kant: Duty-based Ethics There is no...

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Kant: Duty-based Ethics “There is no possibility of thinking of anything at all in the world, or even out of it, which can be regarded as good without qualification, except a good will .” What does it mean for something to be good without qualification? Good “not because of what it effects or accomplishes, nor because of its fitness to attain some proposed end; it is good only through its willing, i.e., it is good in itself.”
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Kant: Duty-based Ethics Other things seem like they might be 'good in themselves'. Courage Generosity Wealth Comfort Why might these things fail to be good without qualification?
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Kant: Duty-based Ethics What is the good will? This turns out to be the central aim of Kant's book. If we can understand what he means by the 'good will', then we can understand the main idea behind his ethical theory.
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Duty-based Ethics Question: What is the function of our faculty of reason? Proposed answer: To promote our happiness! Kant rejects this answer. He thinks that there are much better ways
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This note was uploaded on 01/12/2012 for the course PHIL 02 taught by Professor Toñoramirez during the Winter '11 term at DeAnza College.

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