The Grounding For The Metaphysics Of Morals Essay

1228 Words Dec 1st, 2016 5 Pages
Topic One Immanuel Kant was an extremely influential philosopher in the 18th century, who many consider to be the father of modern philosophy. His groundbreaking work on morality is best exemplified in his book, The Grounding for the Metaphysics of Morals. This book introduces readers to the concepts of morality and the idea of what it means to have good will. Metaphysics is defined as a branch of philosophy that deals with the first principle of things which includes concepts such as being, knowing, substance, cause, identity, time and space. In this book, Kant explains that all rational knowledge is either formal or material. Formal philosophy is known as logic, and the material philosophy deals with determinate objects and laws that those objects are subject to following. To make things seem even more confusing, philosophy can be empirical or metaphysical. Empirical philosophy is derived from experiences while metaphysical philosophy is strictly based on reason alone. The purpose of this essay is to explain how the Natural Law Formula, also known as the NLF, tests moral worth. This will be done by thoroughly examining the metaphysical aspect of Kant’s novel. To begin our search for an answer, we must first explore the origins of the NLF. Our search for answers brings us to another point in my thesis. In this paper, I will also attempt to explain the relationship of the Categorical Imperative (CI) and what role it plays in the testing of moral worth. By the end of this…

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