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Immanuel Kant - Fundamental Principles of the Metaphysic of Morals

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Immanuel Kant - Fundamental Principles of the Metaphysic of Morals Phil 2010

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These notes are a review of Immanuel Kant's Fundamental Principles of the Metaphysic of Morals
Introduction to Philosophy
Dr. Edward Cox
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Date Created: 09/29/16
Immanuel Kant – Fundamental Principles of the Metaphysic of Morals First Section: transition from the common rational knowledge or morality to the philosophical. Second Section: transition from popular moral philosophy to the metaphysic of morals. Third Section: final step from the metaphysic of morals to the critique of the pure practical reason. *Good will is not good because of what it performs or effects but because it is good in itself.* Virtues  Someone with traditional virtues is not made morally better by them.  A virtuous person combined with a bad will is only an effective villan. Golden Rule  Positive Rule: therefore all things whatsoever ye men should do to you, do ye even so to them: for this is the law and the prophets (Matthew 7:12).  Negative Rule: one should never do that to another which one regards as injurious to one's own self (Hinduism). Problems with the Golden Rule:  Subjective: Examples- Bob the masochist, Mary who hates to be helped  Only provides duties to others, never to oneself  Does not explain why you should follow it Kant's Analysis of Morality  Only intention matters to morality of an action  The only good intention is to act from duty  Acting from duty means acting from respect for moral law  Categorical Imperative – supreme principle of morality: o Act in a way that your rule for rule for acting can be willed as a universal law o Treat others as ends in themselves and never merely as means Good intentions The only thing that is intrinsically good is the intention to do good.  Not consequences of action o Can have "good" consequences for bad reasons; "bad" consequences for good reasons The only good intention is to act from duty.  It’s not enough just to watch to be good; one still must follow the correct rules.  Acting from any motive other than duty is not morally good. Duty and Law  Universality Test : o Maxim: I will lie when it is convenient o Universalized maxim: Everyone will lie when it is convenient Formulating of Ends (CI-2)  Treating people as ends means willing laws from their perspectives as well as your own. o Means: way or method of bringing about a goal. o End: Thing that is valuable in itself (intrinsically). o Applies to all rational beings, not just humans. o It is acceptable to treat people as means but never merely as means.


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