Kant on morals

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According to Kant we should use a priori reason, which means it does not use empirical data to inform it, to determine if an intended action is morally right. This must be done because we all have different experiences, goals and desires, and if morals were based on them all concepts of morally right or wrong would be different...
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An example is saying that lying is morally wrong because your mother said so or because it hurts to be lied to, this also means that lying could be right if your mother said so or if you never experienced being lied to. Therefore to get moral laws we must use a priori reason. And since a priori reason is possessed by everyone, and it is not based on experience, desires or goals, the discovered moral law is absolute, unconditional and applies to everyone...
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