David Hume & Immanuel Kant

David Hume played an influential role in the awakening of Immanuel Kant from his dogmatic slumber through critically analyzing the general view of rationalism. According to his analysis, Hume realized that some judgments thought to be analytic, usually those related to cause and effect were essentially synthetic. This means that in the judgments, no analysis […]

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How does Kant support God’s existence

Immanuel Kant feels that no-one, human or otherwise, can “know” that God exists. This is due to various flaws and necessities for humanity. For one, when we cannot have an a posteriori proof for God’s existence due to the fact that it is completely dependent on our personal experience of the world and, therefore, our […]

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People should always do their duty

Immanuel Kant was an eighteenth century German philosopher, who lived all of his life in the town of Konigsberg, East Prussia. Kant belied that the only way we can make selfless, rational moral decisions is by acting out of a sense of duty. Kant was troubled by the apparent inconsistency between the findings if the […]

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Kant and the categorical imperative

Kant tried to develop a theory of ethics which relied on reason rather than emotion. While he was not anti-religious, he wanted an ethical system which was not clouded by religion, emotion or personal interpretation. He placed emphasis on motives behind an action rather than, like the Utilitarians, the consequences of an action. He believed […]

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What Kant meant by the categorical imperative

The categorical imperative is a term, which Emmanuel Kant originated. The term allows us to acknowledge which actions are compulsory and which are not allowed. It indicates an absolute, an unconditional requirement that allows no exception; it is not a means to another end but to the end itself. ‘All imperatives command either hypothetically or […]

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Immanuel Kant

Perhaps one of the most influential philosophers of modern time, Immanuel Kant created his doctrine on the categorical imperative and spoke of duty as the prime factor in life but still acknowledged in the end that there was a link to God, a reason for the categorical imperative. He basically believed that the highest moral […]

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The Negative Aspects of Kant’s Ethics

Immanuel Kant is one of the most significant and prolific philosophers, and his set of ethical precepts is his most influential work. The force and magnitude of such an influence is disturbing, since salient points in Kant’s ethical precepts resound with negativity. The most notable thought is the idea that “a good will is manifested […]

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Immanuel Kant

Immanuel Kant is popularly known for his categorical imperative notion. His ideas or school of thoughts were in great contrast with the utilitarian theorists. The categorical imperative according to him was ‘a standard of rationality’. His moral philosophy revealed that deviation from the categorical imperative was irrational. Kantian ethics differentiate happiness and being good. Whereas […]

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