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Kantian ethics.

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Chris Acton October, 2001

Kantian ethics.

Immanual Kant

Immanual Kant was born in 1724 and lived until the age of 80.

He was the son of a saddler, and he was born in Knigsberg in East Prussia. After leaving the university he spent a number of years in private tutoring, but taking his master's degree in 1755, he settled to teach a variety of subjects as Privatdozent. In 1770 he was appointed to the chair of logic and metaphysics at Kningsberg. It was after this that he entered on his greatest, "critical" period. He never left Kningsberg, and he never married.

His aim was to make morality a fact like science from a deontological point of view. He says that acting from a sense of duty is good, and acting on that duty is absolutely good.

He says that having a good will is more important than the consequences of the act so doing ones duty is always moral because it is a good will.

Kant says one should do their duty for no reason other than it being their duty. I think he says this because if you are doing

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