Concepts Of The Person : Subjectivity, Identity, And Personhood

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Stony Brook University
Philosophy 100.1 Concepts of the Person: Subjectivity, Identity, and Personhood
Professor: Oli Stephano
Immanuel Kant, “The Categorical Imperative”
Amy Abdelrazeq and Michael Barzach Class Presentation Response to “The Categorical Imperative” by Immanuel Kant

Immanuel Kant, a German philosopher known as the central figure of modern philosophy, was born on April 22, 1724. Philosophers such as Rene Descartes, David Hume, Aristotle, and Plato influenced Kant. Kant was interested in concepts such as what makes a decision moral vs. immoral, the human mind, and understanding space and time. He created early modern empiricism and rationalism and his theories and ideas influenced countless nineteenth and twentieth century philosophers, as well as individuals today. His ideas were highly influenced by his interest in metaphysics, epistemology, ethics, and political theory. Kant explains through his ideas that the concept of “human understanding” structures the society we live in today. Kant believes that individuals create reasons and moral laws to live by to give reason and structure to their actions, which is why individuals believe in God and immortality. Kant’s ideas of morality and decision-making are found evident in one of his famous pieces of work, “The Categorical Imperative”.

In the passage “The Categorical imperative” by Immanuel Kant, Kant discusses that for an individual to act morally entails that they must find their…

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