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IMMANUEL KANT

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WHAT IS KANT'S THEORY OF ETHICS?
Kant believed in an objective right and wrong based on reason. We should do the right thing just
because it is right and not because it fulfils our desires or is based on our feelings. We know
what is right not by relying on…

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consequences or religion. He roots the view of morality in reason to the exclusion of everything
else, and rejects especially Hume's idea that morality is rooted in desires or feelings. He does
not reject desires and feelings, but says that they have nothing to do with morality. Only reason
is…

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THE CATEGORICAL IMPERATIVE ­ MORAL
Categorical imperatives are moral commands and do not begin with an `if' because they tell
everyone what to do and do not depend on anything, especially desires or goals. According to
Kant these categorical imperatives apply to everyone because they are based on an objective…

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autonomy of the individual does not mean that everyone can just decide their own
morality, but rather that each individual has the ability to understand the principles of pure
practical reason and follow them. Pure practical reason must be impartial and so its
principles must apply equally to everyone.

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Kant's emphasis on duty implies that an action is only made moral by an underlying
intention to do one's duty. However, it is not always possible to separate intentions from
ends, as intentions are closely linked with what we do. In addition, our motives are not
always pure and people…

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Cameron Inwood

WOW these are amazing!!!!

Do you by any chance have these for any of the other ethical theories/ applied topics

Thanks for uploading such a great resource

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