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Immanuel Kant

What does Kant mean by enlightenment in the essay "What is Enlightenment?" 

According to Immanuel Kant, enlightenment is a person’s ability to analyze and understand events without making use of another person’s guidance; it is a person’s ability to reason. He explains...

Latest answer posted November 10, 2017 5:53 pm UTC

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

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...

Latest answer posted November 20, 2019 1:53 pm UTC

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Kant says we are supposed to do the right thing for the right reason and not out of the desire for the reward or out...

For Kant, he devised a strict moral code. In his mind, it is useless to act morally if you are seeking some other external gain, because that negates the morality of your actions. Therefore, the...

Latest answer posted August 19, 2019 1:25 pm UTC

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What are pro and con points of Immanuel Kant’s theories?

With regards to Kant's moral philosophy, the most enduring critique is that it is formal, rather than substantive. In other words, Kant is very effective in defining what constitutes a moral act in...

Latest answer posted February 21, 2018 8:32 am UTC

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What does Immanuel Kant say about using people? 

The answer to this can be found in Kant’s Grounding for the Metaphysics of Morals (this work’s title is translated in a number of other ways as well). It is found in the second formulation of...

Latest answer posted June 28, 2013 4:59 pm UTC

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How is Kant's philosophy of "good will" related to happiness?

Happiness was the foundation for many ancient philosophers' systems of ethics; the endpoint of all ethical behavior. Immanuel Kant disagreed. Kant's theory of good will is that it is the only truly...

Latest answer posted October 9, 2017 2:13 pm UTC

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What is a Kantian moral agent?

Kant conceived of the "moral agent" (or "rational agent") as a person possessed of free will, or, more precisely, a person who is able to make their own decisions. Kant believed that an...

Latest answer posted June 2, 2019 12:45 pm UTC

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What are the similarities and differences of  the ethical theories of Aristotle and Immanuel Kant?

Aristotle and Immanuel Kant were two renowned thinkers in drastically different time periods. However, they came to some strikingly similar ideas about philosophy and morality. In the end, their...

Latest answer posted November 14, 2019 5:34 pm UTC

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How does Immanuel Kant define "enlightenment" and what is the signifance of his definition?

Kant believed that we only see the appearance of things (phenomena). We don’t see things-in-themselves (noumena). If we did see noumena, we would automatically choose the correct moral or logical...

Latest answer posted February 3, 2011 6:18 am UTC

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What is the Analytic of the Sublime by Kant?

This refers to the second book of the first division of Kant's Critique of Judgement. Here, Kant discusses aesthetic judgement and breaks this down into two components: the beautiful and the...

Latest answer posted June 13, 2019 1:33 pm UTC

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Immanuel Kant argued that we should evaluate people’s actions only in terms of the principles they choose to follow...

First, you will need a thesis statement. The thesis statement guides the scope and direction of your essay, so it's a really important component of your paper. The thesis statement not only keeps...

Latest answer posted April 10, 2017 12:58 pm UTC

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In The Groundwork of the Metaphysics of Morals, Kant's categorical imperative says: “I ought never to act except in...

Throughout his voluminous writings on moral philosophy, Kant emphasizes the point that maxims of morality must be capable of being applied universally to everyone, in all times and all places....

Latest answer posted July 24, 2018 10:24 am UTC

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What are the ethics of Immanuel Kant?

Kant's ethics are of a sort called deontological, or based on an absolute notion of duty. To discover whether an act is morally good, one should ask whether it was done from a sense of duty alone....

Latest answer posted October 22, 2012 2:04 pm UTC

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How does Kant view the teachings of Jesus?

Regarding the teachings of Jesus, Kant discounted any historical or literal authenticity to Jesus' teachings because, for Kant, moral reason was the determiner of moral essentiality. Jesus'...

Latest answer posted March 28, 2015 8:41 pm UTC

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What is the humanity formulation of the categorical imperative?

The categorical imperative is an idea of Immanuel Kant's, the German philosopher from the late 1700s. It is, in his view, a moral law that applies to all people at all times. Kant formulated...

Latest answer posted April 15, 2013 11:08 pm UTC

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According to Kant, what are a priori synthetic judgments?

According to Kant, there are two different dimensions along with judgments can differ. There is the distinction between a priori and a posteriori judgments and there is the difference between...

Latest answer posted December 9, 2012 3:02 pm UTC

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What does Kant say is the determining ground for the judgment of taste? What particular kind of necessity does an...

As you likely already know, the German philosopher Immanuel Kant has some rather intricate ideas about aesthetics, taste, common sense, and the Ideal. I can hopefully help clarify what Kant might...

Latest answer posted September 15, 2020 3:10 pm UTC

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What are Immanuel Kant's pros and cons concerning genius as he defines genius in his Critique of Judgement?

In Critique of Judgement, Kant analyzes the beauty of art as well as how genius creates art. In his view, art should be beautiful, and beauty cannot be created through merely applying rules and...

Latest answer posted March 7, 2014 8:19 am UTC

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What is the meaning of this quote? "Perpetual peace is guaranteed by no less an authority than the great artist...

According to Kant, perpetual peace is guaranteed by nature, which tends towards order, concord, and stability. Though nature can appear chaotic at times, with earthquakes, volcanoes, and extreme...

Latest answer posted June 18, 2020 6:33 am UTC

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What are the differences between a judgment of cognition and a judgement of taste? How does Kant differentiate...

First off, Immanuel Kant doesn’t really use the term “judgment of cognition.” Cognition, for Kant, isn’t like taste. You don’t issue a judgment of cognition like you do for taste since cognition...

Latest answer posted September 15, 2020 4:22 pm UTC

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Is Kant correct in thinking that there are exceptionless moral rules ?

There is no way to objectively answer this question. We cannot know what is truly moral because we are simply human beings. However, Kant's arguments do seem to make a great deal of sense. It...

Latest answer posted April 15, 2012 5:06 pm UTC

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Present a critique of Kant's concept of morality.

That is a very, very big question, and would require far more space than the 3500 characters available in this forum. But here are some ideas to get you started. If you are basing this critique on...

Latest answer posted September 1, 2009 11:33 am UTC

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Explain why Kant thinks that the reason lying is wrong is not because it is not prudent.

According to Kant, certain principles are ethically right and must not be violated: they are social necessities. To Kant, honesty is one of the virtues that falls into this ethical category of an...

Latest answer posted January 20, 2020 9:16 pm UTC

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True or False: According to Kant, the rational agent should not only know what is right but should also be motivated...

The statement is false. Kant's ethical theory is what's called deontological. This means that it's concerned with the intrinsic rightness of particular actions rather than their consequences. So...

Latest answer posted May 30, 2019 11:13 am UTC

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How is Kant's "Categorical Imperative" view different from Mill's utilitarianism?

The Categorical Imperative is an example of what's called a deontological ethic. This rather forbidding phrase simply means a kind of moral theory which emphasizes the intrinsic rightness of a...

Latest answer posted July 6, 2018 7:16 am UTC

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Identify and explain relevant articles of Perpetual Peace: A Philosophical Sketch by Immanuel Kant that, if...

The three articles for Perpetual Peace read, "The Civil Constitution of Every State Should be Republican, The Law of Nations Shall be Founded on a Federation of Free States, and The Law of World...

Latest answer posted June 30, 2020 3:50 pm UTC

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What is the morality of Immanuel Kant?

Kant’s morality is a morality that is based on rationality and logic rather than on tradition or religion. Kant’s main moral premise can be seen in his categorical imperative. There are two main...

Latest answer posted October 22, 2012 2:33 pm UTC

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According to Kant, is it permitted under any circumstance to treat another rational being as merely a means to an...

According to Kant, it is not permitted under any circumstance to treat another rational being as merely a means to an end. Kant held the belief that all humans hold value simply through their...

Latest answer posted July 24, 2018 12:19 am UTC

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According to Kant, one can do what is right and that action still may not have "moral worth." True or false?

The statement is indeed true. This is because, for Kant, what matters is not just the intrinsic good of the act concerned but the motivation behind it. It is possible to carry out nothing but good...

Latest answer posted July 16, 2019 7:06 am UTC

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Why is Kant's basic principle of morality called the "categorical imperative?"

Kant's categorical imperative is called this because it is something that, he says, applies to all human beings (or at least all rational beings) at all times. There are other kinds of imperatives,...

Latest answer posted April 17, 2011 5:13 am UTC

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Do you agree with Kant in his use of the Formula of Humanity to prove his doctrine of Categorical Imperative?

Immanuel Kant maintains that humanity--defined as uniquely human characteristics of rationality, elevated understanding, pursuit of plans and ambitions, and autonomy of thought and action--is an...

Latest answer posted June 8, 2010 12:31 am UTC

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What are some arguments that Immanuel Kant offered in support of his position of free will?

Kant believed that humans have "rational free will," or the ability to make decisions based not on some unseen influence, but on their own deliberate choices. He saw free will as separated from...

Latest answer posted October 8, 2012 8:24 pm UTC

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Would you say Kant's position that 'God necessarily exists', makes sense? 

From a historical perspective I would agree with Kant. Throughout the years, society has tried to calm the masses through fear rather than education. This is more noticeably during the dark ages...

Latest answer posted December 19, 2010 7:39 am UTC

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‘Kant’s transcendental philosophy only studies the fundamental structure of our thought rather than that of the...

Prior to the emergence of Immanuel Kant (1724–1804) as one of the most influential philosophers of the Enlightenment, two major schools of thought in the field of epistemology, or the study of...

Latest answer posted January 27, 2020 9:09 pm UTC

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According to Kant, is it permitted under any circumstance to treat another rational being as merely a means to an...

Immanuel Kant was a German philosopher in the 18th and early 19th centuries who had a profound affect on modern moral philosophy, especially through what many have dubbed the "Mere Means...

Latest answer posted July 23, 2018 10:49 pm UTC

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Besides the Categorical Imperative, what important political philosophy did Immanuel Kant contribute to the pool of...

Kant's ideas on politics are very similar to those of other Enlightenment thinkers such as John Locke. He stressed, for example, freedom as the only moral basis for a government. As an outgrowth...

Latest answer posted December 19, 2011 11:59 am UTC

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Briefly summarize Kant's two formulations of the categorical imperative. 

There are, as you say, two formulations of the categorical imperative. The first has to do with the motives for a person's actions. Here, Kant says that the categorical imperative is the rule...

Latest answer posted May 23, 2012 3:28 pm UTC

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Kant says that we should never violate a person's autonomy.  How is this different from the Utilitarian view?  

This is different from the utilitarian view because the utilitarian view does not care what our motives are or how our actions toward another person affect them individually. Instead, utilitarians...

Latest answer posted May 7, 2012 6:16 pm UTC

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Discuss the implications of the following— Kant may say: "We have a 'duty' not to throw trash out of the car window...

Kant's categorical imperative states that the morality of an action can be determined by asking the question: if everyone did what I am considering to do, what would happen? If the answer is that...

Latest answer posted December 30, 2010 8:54 pm UTC

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What is the universal law formulation of the categorical imperative?

The categorical imperative states that, in order to act morally, we should will that, whatever act we carry out, would apply universally, i.e. at all times, in all places, and under all possible...

Latest answer posted June 10, 2019 11:13 am UTC

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What are influential ideas and major works for Immanuel Kant?

Immanuel Kant is considered one of the most important figures in the history of western philosophy. His most influential works are his three critiques, Critique of Pure Reason, Critique of...

Latest answer posted September 19, 2012 1:20 am UTC

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What are the essential points made about judging literature and the importance or 'genius' or 'originality' in...

Kant breaks down judging beauty in literature and art into four different aspects. The first is the feeling of pleasure that results from viewing or reading a work of art or literature. This...

Latest answer posted March 18, 2012 11:56 am UTC

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Immanuel Kant's categorical imperative maintains that we should always act so as to bring about the best...

This statement is absolutely false. In fact, it is more or less the direct opposite of what Kant really says in his categorical imperative. This statement is more of a statement of Mill's or...

Latest answer posted December 16, 2010 11:03 pm UTC

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According to Kant, what prevents people from reaching an Enlightened state?

The answer to this question can be found in Kant's famous essay "What is Enlightenment?" In it, Kant argues that man is held back from reaching enlightenment by what he calls "self-imposed nonage."...

Latest answer posted March 30, 2020 9:21 am UTC

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