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Immanuel Kant claims that a good will is the only thing that can be considered "good without limitation." What does he mean by this?

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Immanuel Kant believed that good will or good intentions were the only truly good things. This touches on two ideas that he addresses here—the first is that good intentions cannot be manufactured or forced on an individual. Good will is entirely internal and therefore it cannot be forced upon a person, which makes it unique. All other "good" actions can be forced or coerced, and there are reasons behind them. An act of benevolence toward someone else can be for selfish gain or to make oneself feel better. There are many ways in which good actions can come from ill will or selfish desires. Good will, however, cannot come from selfish desires because it is strictly internal.

Additionally, good intentions can't have bad results. The actions that people perform may be negative or may have unintended consequences, but the root intentions of individuals don't do any harm. This means that if you wish good for a person, that good will is beneficial and good without reservation, even if any...

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Immanuel Kant is a well known Western philosopher who came up with the reasoning that morals are morals when engaged in within the framework of social understanding.  One groups idea of morals changes significantly depending on what the social group defines as morals.  Human behavior can only be looked at in terms of morals and value as a struggle between that which is good and that which is evil.

One can not be good without a preset criteria as to what is deemed to be considered.  To have good will means that someone is intrinsically good and therefore, can exhibit good will without any limitations set down by society.  Goodwill is not socially driven but rather has been presented by the inner self with no definition of what constitutes good or evil.