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Groundwork In The Metaphysics Of Morals Summary

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In 1724, in the Prussian city of Konigsberg Immanuel Kant was born and spent most of his life at the university. Kant was recognized as a noble philosopher and scientist specializing in many areas. Kant wrote several difficult to read books, but included influential context regarding to practical morality, science, history, politics, and metaphysics. Along with many scholars and philosopher of Kant’s era the published works about nature of reality, free will. Although, the books were commended at the time, they are currently influential in terms of ethics. Kant’s most remarkable books are Groundwork in the Metaphysics of Morals (1785), Critique of Practical Reason (1788), and Metaphysics of Morals (1798) contributing to Kant’s foundation of…show more content…
The theory states one is morally obligated to act in accordance with certain set of principles and rules regardless of outcome. Within religious deontology, the principles derive from divine commandments so under religious laws one is not obligated to steal, cheat, or lie. Opposed to religious deontology, the rules or maxims in Kant’s deontological theory comes from human reason. In Immanuel Kant publication, The Groundwork for the Metaphysics of Morals, Kant is able to supply his readers with morality being derived from the principle of the categorical imperative. Kant introduced this imperative as for one is able to distinguish if their actions are based on self-interest or are purely…show more content…
It may appear similar to the Golden Rule although its not universally binding when compared to the first formulation of the imperative. Kant informs the readers that a true moral proposition must not be tied to any particular conditions regardless of the person who is making the final decision. In addition, Kant states humans have a perfect duty not to act by the rules that result in logical contradictions. Also humans have imperfect duties, which is based on pure reason and allows for interpretation depending on how the duty is performed. If people do not complete an imperfect duty the individual is not hated, but if completed the individual is praised. Although, imperfect duties are circumstantial, denoting that one cannot reasonable exist in a constant state when performing the
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