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Kantian Ethics

Immanuel Kant sought to discover a rational basis for one's sense of duty, and
from this devise a principle by which one can distinguish between right and

Kantian ethics is deontological ­ actions are intrinsically right or wrong

Kantian ethics is absolute ­ the morality…

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Morality can be known using reason ­ a priori
Morality can be verified or falsified ­ synthetic

An imperative is something you are obliged to do. There are two kinds of imperative:

1. Hypothetical imperatives
Have `ifs' ­ `if you want to pass this course you have to work'…

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There are no exceptions ­ you cannot alter your behaviour because you anticipate
others not following laws or in a particular situation e.g. killing in warfare

Summum Bonum

Latin phrase meaning "highest good." Hence, that which is intrinsically
valuable, the ultimate goal or end of human life generally. Kant believed…


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