Kant 127-135 - Kant 127-135 Wednesday 9:38 PM Hutcheson...

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Kant 127-135 Wednesday, October 26, 2011 9:38 PM Hutcheson, Hume, and Smith believed that morality is founded entirely on the contingencies of human nature and based on desire. Morality concerns making people happy, fulfilling their desires. Human nature ---> Feelings and desires ----> moral principles Kant rejected the ideas of Hutcheson, Hume, and Smith. He believed that it was our rational will, not our desires that ground morality. The only thing that is absolutely good, good in itself without qualification, is the god will. All the other intrinsic goods, both intellectual and moral, can serve the vicious will and thus contribute to evil. Ex. Honor ---> pride Happiness without good will is underserved luck Critics of Kant: Can't the good will have bad effects? "the road to hell is paved with good intentions" Hypothetical imperative: If you want A, then do be. Categorical imperative - Do B! Kingdom of ends: Treat humanity in every case an end and never as merely a means. Each
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