Immanuel Kant's Categorical Analysis

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For some time, ethics have always been a concern in the world. The notions of right and wrong, good and evil, have always been contemplated; with every person individually devising their own unique idea of what they believe is moral. Morality in the world generally gravitates towards virtue, while hatred and evil are looked down upon. However, there are those that believe that goodness is not simply acts of kindness, nor is it innately there in humans to begin with. Eighteenth century German philosopher Immanuel Kant solidified his thoughts on morality, and created a step-by-step, systematic plan for the human being to follow in order to achieve goodness. Kant’s theory has had its impact in the world of philosophy and his
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There is the belief of separate and differing consciences and notions of morality, but then there is the belief of one unified ideal moral reality, where simple, consistent maxims become an omnipresent, all-including law. Immanuel Kant, with the use of his categorical imperative, eliminated any confusions or contradicting maxims and created the outline and expectations of humans to form The Kingdom of Ends. What is right to one must be right to and followed by all
Chan 6 for it to hold any validity, free of exceptions. In his three-part imperative, Kant laid out his systematic, intricately designed steps on how to exist as a moral being. By conceding and assimilating into their lives this imperative: abiding by a maxim and treating it as universal law, never acting in self-interest and treating oneself or others as mere tools for meeting some ends, and harmonizing one’s maxim with moral reality, fulfilling all three of a human’s requirements, one can attain that goodness. By comprehending and accepting this systematic process, meshing it into one’s life, a purpose is

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