The Categorical Imperative Must Be Described As Being Spontaneous

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Mike LeRose
Philosophy 1000G-004

Section 1, Question 2:
Freedom can be described as being spontaneous. A free act is unconditioned. Freedom is in fact, another kind of causality. The categorical imperative is something that has an end within itself. The categorical imperative can be achieved with a “free” act. The rationale that everything is causally determined says that morality is impossible and a sham. However, Kant argues that morality is somewhat possible if someone does a moral action in a “free,” unconditioned way. However, the freedom causality has never been observed because it is nearly impossible to understand someone’s motives. However, it could exist at least in theory.
Phenomena is an umbrella term that describes parts of the intellect; these being “mind-dependent.” Space, time, causality, and natural science are all phenomena. Noumena on the other hand are things within themselves. These include God, the soul, and freedom. From here you could say that phenomena relates to heteronomy. Heteronomy takes its surroundings into account. It’s obvious that the mind takes its environment into account, and phenomena being mind-dependent makes the relationship between phenomena and heteronomy a simple conclusion. Noumena then would be more autonomous or “taking nothing from the environment.”

Section 2, Question 1:
Good will is an interesting concept because due to reason, no matter how good something appears you can always imagine something better. Nonetheless, a…

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