Kant Essays

According to Kant

According to Kant, states are “a standing offence to one another by the very fact that they are neighbors. ” This statement alludes to his assertion that international conflicts arise from mistaken beliefs as well as inadequate information and bad governments, such that just by being neighboring states, a war could already ensue. This is because of the Prisoner’s Dilemma. As some states try to secure themselves against their neighbors, each side increases their military and increases the chance that…

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Freedom in the Eyes of Kant

Term freedom implies various aspects and is seen as man’s endowments and thoughts within his parameter and his relationship with himself, his society and his environment. Various sociologists and theorist have their own interpretations and thoughts on what constitute freedom for a man. Whether in Rome or Greece, there has been constant transformation of Greek thoughts and methodologies on the concept of freedom. Epicurians thought that, “No bodily thing was born for us to use, Nature had no such aim,…

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The Unique Categorical Imperative of Kant

Morality appears to us as a concrete term which is underscored by certain rational assumptions about the universe. And yet, our own experience tells us that that which one considers to be vice may, to another, be seen as virtue. The reverse may also apply. Thus, it is rather difficult to reconcile that which does in fact define our cause for moral behavior, though all figures of importance to the historical discourse on philosophy have ventured a framework. The 18th…

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Kant on Intuition

Introduction Kant seems to have adapted the Spinozan trichotomy of spiritual activity. (Rocca, 77) In addition to sensible (empirical) intuition and understanding, Kant introduces pure intuition. The principles of this a priori, supra-empirical sensibility are dealt with by the transcendental aesthetic, a discipline which establishes that “there are two pure forms of sensible intuition, serving as principles of a priori knowledge, namely, space and time. ” (Hayward, 1) “Space is a necessary a priori representation, which underlies all outer intuitions”…

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Kant & Burke

In Neil Hertz’s essay, The Notion of Blockage in the Literature of the Sublime, Neil uses the work of William Wordsworth to makes a connection to the very distinguished and particular notion of the mathematical sublime by Immanuel Kant. The mathematical sublime is the perception that reason has this superiority over imagination because reason and logic is boundless whereas imagination is limited to what we have personally experienced through our senses. When in the presence of something that embodies the…

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John Mill and Immanuel Kant

The following is a conceptual paper that I have written to address the following questions: 1.      What is enlightenment for Kant? What is the public use of reason? 2.      According to Mill, how do people develop understandings of the world? Do most people have sound understandings? Question 1 Kant observed that: “If it is now asked: “Do we presently live in an enlightened age?” the answer is, “No, but we do live in an age of enlightenment.” (Kant, p.4) So,…

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Critical Analysis of Kant’s Moral Philosophy

The most essential motive of moral philosophy in Kant’s view is to “seek out” the introductory principle of metaphysics of morals. Kant explains this project through the first two chapters of the Groundwork. He advances by analyzing and explicating commonsense thoughts about morality. The purpose is to come up with a clear-cut statement of the opinion on which all of our regular moral judgements are based. The judgement in a question is supposed to be acceptable by any normal human…

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The Causality of Hume and Kant

Hume believed that mind is a collection of mental perceptions; therefore man cannot have free will. It was this particular pervasive skepticism which Hume has discussed in his book, “A Treatise of Human Nature”. Hume challenged Kant to investigate the explanation of causality, in the matter of the importance of cause and effect concept. In Hume’s perspective, human can see sequences of events but can never see the necessity that determinism requires. For him ideas are mere copies of impressions;…

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Irreconcilable Differences_ the Moral Views of Hobbes and Kant

This paper will explore the specific distinctions between Hobbes and Kant around the basic grounding of moral theory. The basic thesis here is that the two writers are opposites, poles apart, and hence, mutually exclude each other. One must “lean” to one direction or another, and, in this essay, this writer leans towards the Kantian position in reaction to the basic egocentrism of Hobbes. Hobbes, in short, does not seek to transcend the basic animal drives of human beings and…

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Morality by Kant and Mill

In all the functioning of an autonomous society there must be a moral system that must be incorporated in order to establish on what is right and wrong. Almost everything in any given community is based on some given code of morals; government policies, laws, traditions and even relationships. Without these system, the society would end up crumbling since every day operations are usually based and do depend on shared ethics. There is always a moral law that is valid…

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Kant’s Categorical Imperative

This paper tackles the categorical imperative theory of Immanuel Kant as well as its first and second formulations and how they apply to a particular case of infidelity. Introduction In his Groundwork of the Metaphysics of Morals, Kant defines an imperative as any proposition that declares a certain action or inaction to be necessary and practical (Kant, 1993, p. 413). The categorical imperative is a type of imperative which states what one ought to do under certain circumstances and it…

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Deontology_ Ethics and Kant

In our world today it is often hard to genuinely decide what in fact is right or wrong. The reason that it is so tough to determine is because of our human nature given everyone has their own opinion. We do not all think the same or think the same actions and consequences have the same effect. It is this reason we analyze situations with ethical theories, such as that of Kant’s deontology. Kant’s theory in its own right has…

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The Sublime Kant & Burke

In Neil Hertz’s essay, The Notion of Blockage in the Literature of the Sublime, Neil uses the work of William Wordsworth to makes a connection to the very distinguished and particular notion of the mathematical sublime by Immanuel Kant. The mathematical sublime is the perception that reason has this superiority over imagination because reason and logic is boundless whereas imagination is limited to what we have personally experienced through our senses. When in the presence of something that embodies the…

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Hume and Kant Opinions of Taste and Beauty

All of the experiences which people get when looking at beautiful paintings, listening to music, reading outstanding poems or novels, have an immediate an emotional character. In order to describe those types of experiences, the term “aesthetic” is used. Many philosophers have studied questions dealing with aesthetics, and one of the most famous of them can be regarded Hume (“Of the Standard of Taste”) and Kant (Analytic of the Beautiful”). Both Hume and Kant regard aesthetic judgement as the one…

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