Essay heading: Immanuel Kant Metaphysics of Morals
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December 13, 1996
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This sort of disposition or character is something we all highly value. Kant believes we value it without limitation or qualification.
First, unlike anything else, there is no conceivable circumstance in which we regard our own moral goodness as worth forfeiting simply in order to obtain some desirable object
Second, as a consequence, possessing and maintaining one's moral goodness is the very condition under which anything else is worth having or pursuing...
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Intelligence and even pleasure are worth having only on the condition that they do not require giving up a commitment to honor one's fundamental moral convictions
In Kant's terms, a good will is a will whose decisions are wholly determined by moral demands or as he refers to this, by the Moral Law
A holy ordivine will, if it exists, though good, would not be good because it is motivated by thoughts of duty...
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