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  • Irrational And Need Irrationality
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    Mark Klass June 1, 2000 I believe rationality is incorrectly dictated by society. Generally when one is irrational he or she is contradicting the 'normal' or what everyone is programmed to do. Kant says 'Can you also will that your maxim should become a universal law. ' 1 In part I agree to the theory of universal law where 'rational' is judged by universality or what everyone should do. In fact we know that primitive societies were not built on rationality. I believe that we are intrinsically r...
  • Kant's View On Morality And Happiness
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    Essay One: Immanuel Kant was a from Germany in the eighteenth century. He believed that the only test of whether a decision is right or wrong is whether it could be applied to everyone. Would it be all right for everyone to do what you are doing? If not, your decision is wrong. It would be wrong, for example, to make a promise with the intention of breaking it because if everyone did that, no one would believe anyone's promises. In ethics, Kant tried to show that doing one's duty consisted in fo...
  • Kant's Thought
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    Immanuel Kant 1724-1804 Immanuel Kant was born on April 22, 1724 in Konigsberg, East Prussia. He was the son of a saddler. At age 8, he entered the Collegium Fredericianum, a Latin school, where he remained for 8 1/2 years and studied the classics. He then entered the University of Konigsberg in 1740 to study philosophy, mathematics, and physics. The death of his father halted his university career so he became a private tutor. In 1755, he returned to Konigsberg where he later resumed his studie...
  • Of Kant's Theories On Morality
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    Whereas a teleological theory of ethics holds that an action is right, depending on the consequences; a deonteological theory states that an action is right, depending on the nature of the act itself, or of the intention of the person performing the act. Immanuel Kant, a deonteologist, once said, "It is man's ability to reason, his own ability to think objectively and apart from his own circumstances and doings, that distinguishes him from all other creatures". Reason is an innate intellectual p...
  • Kant's First Definitive Article
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    When looking at Kant's notable work, Perpetual Peace, there are many discrepancies as to whether he displays a realist or liberalist doctrine throughout his methodical explanation as to the ways of attaining perpetual peace. In order to properly determine which viewpoint Kant basis the majority of his theories upon, it is imperative that we summarize his argument, identifying both the realist and liberalist aspects of his work, and, from this, determine whether or not his analysis is concurrent ...
  • Philosophers During The Time Of The Enlightenment
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    The enlightenment was a great time of change in both Europe and America. Some of the biggest changes, however, happened in the minds of many and in the writings of many philosophers. These included some of the beliefs of David Hume, Jean Jacques Rousseau, Immanuel Kant, and Francois Voltaire. Writers during this time focused on optimism, which is the opinion to do everything for the best (Chaney 119), and the best for these philosophers was to stretch the minds of the ordinary. David Hume was Sc...

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