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…show more content…
A person comes to have a good will by ****** (Kant pg. 8). The first of the three propositions of morality help us make sense out of what is means to act for the sake of duty. The first proposition of morality is that actions done from the sake of duty have moral value. From this first proposition we have four kinds of actions. The first kinds of actions are actions that are contrary to duty. The second are actions which accord with duty, for which we have no immediate inclination. These could be fear of pain. The third are actions that accord with duty for which we have an immediate inclination. These are often motivated by pleasure. The fourth and final are actions which are contrary to immediate inclination but done for the sake of duty. This is the definition of acting from duty. The second proposition of morality says that an action from duty has its moral wealth not in the consequences but in the maxim or principle (Kant pg. 13). Two terms are brought up in this second proposition, those being maxim and principle. A principle is a lasting policy. There are two kinds of principles these being maxims and laws. Maxims are subjective principles and are often looking for a material end. They are never moral. Laws are objective principles and are often broken down further into formal maxis. A simple way to understand this is: to act on duty is to act on principles, a law, or formal maxim. The third and
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