Essay heading: Kant Political Leader

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In this, he was in accord with the social contractarians. Rules arrived at in this manner would also become morally obligatory, and Kant saw obligation (or duty) as the overriding determinant of morality. He believed that we would recognize our duty when we saw it because we could reason, and reason would lead us logically to recognition...
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Perfect duties were those that we must always observe; however, he framed these as proscriptions, or negative obligations. For example, "Never lie," or "Never kill." We must always refrain from these actions, no matter what. Imperfect duties were those that we must observe only on some occasions. These were framed as positive obligations, or prescriptions?such as: "Give to charity...
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