Essay about Grounding For The Metaphysics Of Morals

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Grounding for the Metaphysics of Morals by Kant in 1785 introduced deontological moral philosophy, having the centralized philosophical concept of the categorical imperative. The categorical imperative states
‘Act only according to that maxim whereby you can, at the same time, will that it should become a universal law’ – Immanuel Kant, Grounding for the Metaphysics of Morals
Immanuel Kant praised the absolute truth, rejecting at all costs any lie. The dilemma of truth and lying, Kant believed, is the eventual subject for brisk disputes.

The Basic Concepts of Kantian Ethics
Immanuel Kant expressed key ideas of his outlook through the composition of his ethical works, such as ‘Groundwork for the Metaphysic of Morals’, ‘Critique of Practical Reason’, and ‘Prolegomena to Any Future Metaphysics’. The central point of these theses is the issue of morality and moral action. Kant believed the basis of morality is the concept of freedom; also referred to as autonomy. The principle characteristic is as individuals are guided by their capacity to reflect and make a choice; this choice is impacted on impulses, however not determined by them. Taking this into consideration Kant believed these actions are therefore impure and focused on the idea of deliberation when an individual makes a decision according to his or her deep beliefs that differ from passion or impulse. According to Kant, morality originates from reason and reason is the measure of the moral worth of an individual’s…

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