Kant Quotes

A. Explain (20 words) what each of quotes by Kant means, thoroughly, legibly, and in your own words.

  1. “Now an action done from duty must wholly exclude the influence of inclination.”
  2. “So act as to treat humanity, whether in thine own person or in that of any other, in every case as an end in itself, never as a means only.”
  3. “A good will is good not because of what it performs or effects, not by its aptness for the attainment of some proposed end, but simply by virtue of the volition – that is, it is good in itself.”

II.B. Answer in light of Kant’s overall view — thoroughly, legibly, and in your own words. ( 20 words)
1 In light of the view of freedom presented in Section I number 6 above, the idea that freedom means doing whatever one feels like doing, explain Kant’s view of freedom. Would he agree with this view or not? Why or why not? What does Kant mean by freedom?

  1. Describe how Kant apply would analyze whether it would be right or wrong to make a false promise to a friend, e.g. asking to “borrow money” knowing one does not plan to ever repay the money.
  2. Explain the extent to which consequences matter to the rightness of an action, according to Kant, and why they do or why they do not, according to Kant.
  3. Name the two kinds of imperatives Kant describes, explain the difference between them, and give an example of each.
  4. Explain Kant’s distinction between “heteronomy of will” and “autonomy of will.” Give an example of each.

The following youtube videos may be helpful.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=8bIys6JoEDw
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=mQ2fvTvtzBM
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=xwOCmJevigw&t=12s
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=nsgAsw4XGvU

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