The Moral Argument: Freud

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  • The Moral Argument: Freud.
    • Unconditional and objective moral law considers it our duty to obtain the summum bonum.
      • Freud challenged this: do not need to obtain something that is beyond our reach then we do not require God to enable us to do so.
      • Our sense of moral obligation is not objectively binding.
        • Comes from our own mind.
          • Subconcious part called the super ego.
    • Psychological conflict between most basic desires and controlling influences e.g society, parents
    • Subconscious desires are potentially dangerous.
      • Can be self destructive as it is incompatible with survival in society.
        • To survive we have to control desires within the limits imposed by society.
    • Mind acts as a mediator between our subconcious impulses and societies demands.
      • Conscious restricts our behaviour and banishes innermost desires of guilt.
    • Freud said Kant's Moral Objective result of inner conflict.


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