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Unformatted text preview: Kant The only thing good without qualification is a good will – a dutiful will, a will in which the motive of moral duty predominates over the motive of interest and indication. Only dutiful actions deserve moral praise. What is our duty? - To obey the Moral Law = the categorical imperative. The only thing that deserves praise is doing the morally right thing because it’s the morally right thing. Moral Law 1. Civic Law: a. Civic laws have a limited scope, in that the Laws in Texas apply only to Texans and not to people living in Indonesia. Civic laws lack constancy 2. Laws of Nature: a. Natural laws are universal and are constant. i.e. physical law, chemistry… Moral Law: a universal code of conduct binding on all autonomous beings, all persons. Moral law is very similar to natural law in that it is always present and constant whether or not people are aware of it. Autonomous: self-directed People are rational choosers in that they are the author/endorser of the rules, guidelines, etc…that govern...
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- Fall '08
- Kant, moral law, Hypothetical imperative