"Why Did Kant Think It Necessary To Posit The Existence Of The Noumenal World" Essays and Research Papers

Why Did Kant Think It Necessary To Posit The Existence Of The Noumenal World

HYPERLINK "http://www.philosophypages.com/ph/kant.htm" Immanuel Kant answers the question in the first sentence of the essay: “Enlightenment is man’s emergence from his self-incurred immaturity.” He argues that the immaturity is self-inflicted not from a lack of understanding, but from the lack of courage to use one’s reason, intellect, and wisdom without the guidance of another. He exclaims that the motto of enlightenment is “Sapere aude”! – Dare to be wise! The German word Unmündigkeit means...

Critique of Pure Reason, Empiricism, Epistemology 1993  Words | 3  Pages

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Compare and contrast the significance for psychology of Descartes and Kant

 Compare and contrast the significance for psychology of Descartes and Kant Descartes and Kant, both of them are famous philosophers and they are well known for their contributions to philosophy. At the same time, they have great influence on the development of psychology. I am going to compare their significance of psychology. By observing some mechanical things...

Cognition, Cognitive science, Mind 1556  Words | 4  Pages

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Kant Metaphysical Exposition of Space

Kant: Explain and asses what you think to be the best argument Kant gives as his "Metaphysical Exposition of Space" (B37-40) that space cannot be either and actual entity (Newtonian concept) or any independent relation among real things (Leibnizian concepti be on). In other words, is he successful in arguing that space must be (at least) a form of intuition? Do any of his arguments further show that space must be ONLY a form of intuition and not ALSO something Newtonian or Leibnizian? In his...

Concept, Existence, Immanuel Kant 2584  Words | 7  Pages

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God's Existence Can Be Proven a Priori

“God’s existence can be proved a priori” Discuss Trying to prove that God exists is a difficult argument and many people have tried many different ways. The Ontological argument is one argument; at the centre of the argument is the concept of existence. The Ontological argument has been argued from a group of philosophers for the existence of God. "Ontological" means talking about being and so that being is the existence of God. The ontological argument differs from other arguments in favour...

Atheism, Existence, Existence of God 1634  Words | 4  Pages

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Difference in Metaphysics Between Aristotle and Kant

What is the central difference between metaphysics as Kant conceives it, and metaphysics as Aristotle conceives it? Argue in support of one or the other view. Metaphysics is usually taken to involve both questions of what is existence and what types of things exist; in order to answer either questions, one will find itself using and investigating the concepts of being. Aristotle proposed the first of these investigations which he called ‘first philosophy’, also known as ‘the science of being’...

Aristotle, Critique of Pure Reason, Existence 2273  Words | 7  Pages

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Emmanuel Kant, Anthropology from the Pragmatic Point of View (1798)

Emmanuel Kant, Anthropology from the pragmatic point of view (1798) This text is an extract from the Antropologie from the pragmatic point of view of Kant is about the importance of the power of saying « I » for the human subject. Indeed, for Kant, this force “raises Man on top of all other living beings”. This power is the founding of the superiority and of the dignity of Man, it is thanks to consciousness that Man becomes a moral being, in other words a being able to think himself and thus...

Cogito ergo sum, Consciousness, Epistemology 1501  Words | 4  Pages

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Kants Aesthetics

Kant on Beauty and the Sublime When Immanuel Kant discusses his thoughts on the aesthetic experience in his third critique, The Critique of Judgment, he takes a different route than many philosophers have. Kant doesn’t begin with art itself, or even what qualifies art as beautiful. He is interested instead, as the title of his third critique might give away, the experience of the beholder when they are exposed to beauty, and how our judgment of beauty is formulated. He can’t tell you what is...

Aesthetics, Critique of Judgement, Critique of Practical Reason 2066  Words | 5  Pages

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Hume vs Kant Causality

Hume vs. Kant: Causality Hume's ultimate goal in his philosophic endeavors was to undermine abstruse Philosophy. By focusing on the aspect of reason, Hume shows there are limitations to philosophy. Since he did not know the limits, he proposed to use reason to the best of his ability, but when he came to a boundary, that was the limit. He conjectured that we must study reason to find out what is beyond the capability of reason. Hume began his first examination if the mind by...

Causality, David Hume, Epistemology 1784  Words | 6  Pages

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Emmanuel Kant

purpose is to persuade all those who think metaphysics worth studying that it is absolutely necessary to pause a moment and, regarding all that has been done as though undone, to propose first the preliminary question, ‘Whether such a thing as metaphysics can be even possible at all?’” (Kant 233) These types of questions asked by philosopher Immanuel Kant revolutionized the way humans make sense of the world, and more specifically how the human mind functions. Kant shed a light on prior theories and...

David Hume, Empiricism, Epistemology 868  Words | 3  Pages

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The Double Citizenship of Human Existence

Taylor Ciali May 12, 2008 Dean Baer Kant-Final Paper The Double Citizenship of Human Existence Immanuel Kant's theory of knowledge has been one of the most influential in modern Western philosophy. His basic premise is that we do not experience the world directly, but we do so by using certain intrinsic cognitive concepts. “Appearances, to the extent that as objects they are thought in accordance with the unity of categories, are called phenomena. If, however, I suppose there to be things...

Aesthetics, Epistemology, Ethics 1111  Words | 3  Pages

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Kant on Suicide

beings Kant believes we have a categorical duty of self-preservation to not wilfully take our own lives. Kant talks in depth about duty and believes we should act out of respect for the moral law. The will is the only inherent good, as we are only motivated by duty and nothing else. We should act only out of demands of the law, not from inclination, desires or to achieve a particular goal. Duty dictates we should never act or will something if we do not want it to become a universal law. Kant was against...

Categorical imperative, Deontological ethics, Ethics 1524  Words | 4  Pages

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given due consideration. Thus, the onus lies on the one who affirms the existence of God to explain who or what this God is and to prove his existence. The subject of God may have being difficult to explain because the term God does not refer to any physical entity in the universe. Rene Descartes who is widely revered as the father of modern philosophy affirmed the existence of God and proffered two arguments for the existence of God. Many scholars have bore their minds on the question of God, but...

Atheism, Causality, Cosmological argument 2657  Words | 7  Pages

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Summary of Kants categorical imperative

Summary Immanuel Kant - “The moral law” First, Kant presupposes that there is a moral law.  That is, there exists some basis for morality beyond subjective description of it.  He then begins with a series of identifications to answer how the moral law possibly gives a pure abstract form of a moral law that will ask if it is really moral.  He says the only good thing that exists without qualifications is a good will (or good intentions).  Other things may bring goodness, but always with qualifications...

Categorical imperative, Deontological ethics, Immanuel Kant 1810  Words | 5  Pages

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difference between transcendental realism (using Leibniz and Hume as examples) and Kant’s transcendental idealism. Why does Kant call his turn to transcendental idealism a “Copernican Revolution”. Transcendental realism claims that the world exists independently of human subjectivity. It also claims that the human thought or perception has no influence and does not effect the way world exists and cannot be interpreted by the way people interpret it. Transcendental realism relies on the assumption...

A priori and a posteriori, Concepts in epistemology, Critique of Pure Reason 8314  Words | 20  Pages

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The Knowledge of Human Existence: Perception, Empiricism, and Reality An Analysis Contrived Through The Matrix and The Prestige

March 11, 2012 The Knowledge of Human Existence: Perception, Empiricism, and Reality An Analysis Contrived Through The Matrix and The Prestige Movies provide the audience with a unique experience. Not only do they entertain, they allow the audience to explore their own preconceptions. The most vital preconception that movies allow the viewer to explore and interact with is the definition and formation of knowledge. For centuries man has grasped for the true definition of knowledge. In this...

Empiricism, Epistemology, Human 2720  Words | 7  Pages

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Philosophy (the Existence of God)

on the second and third topics. I’ll first address and examine Anselm’s ontological argument for the existence of God while restating and critically examining Aquinas’s first argument for the existence of God. After I finish with that topic I will then take on Paley and his argument and whether or not it thoroughly proves the existence of God conceived as a supremely perfect being and why or why not this is. During this topic I will bring in Dawkins’ and Hume’s criticisms of the argument also I will...

Cosmological argument, Existence, Existence of God 1586  Words | 4  Pages

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is the ontological argument the strongest argument for the existence of god, is it defendable?

A defense of the ontological argument Daniel Andrews In this essay I will first explain the ontological argument and my reasons for choosing it. I will then discuss why I believe it is a better account for the existence of god than the teleological argument and the cosmological argument. I will then move onto discuss various theologians that oppose the ontological argument and critique their responses. The aim of the essay if to show the strength of the argument and to expose some key weaknesses...

Cosmological argument, David Hume, Existence 1993  Words | 6  Pages

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Kant vs. Mill

Kant vs Mills in Animal Rights In this essay I will cover the philosophy of Immanuel Kant and John Stuart Mill. I will begin by covering Kant perspective of rational beings and his idea of a priori learning. I will then move on to his idea of categorical imparaitive. After Kant I will discuss Mill’s utilitarian theory regarding pleasure and pain. With a better understanding of those I will move to Mill’s idea of a posteriori and hypothetical imperative. Following the ideas of these philosophers...

A priori and a posteriori, Animal rights, Categorical imperative 1576  Words | 4  Pages

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existence of evil

in the world we live. People will always try to bring good in this world, but evil seems to be in people’s everyday life or in their surroundings. Good and evil are constantly happening to someone or someone is doing good or evil. A lot of philosophers argued that God does not exist because evil exist, and that if there is God then he would have gotten rid of evil. Although other philosophers argue that yes God exist, but so does evil because it is necessary to keep a balance in the world where humans...

Evil, Existence, God 2371  Words | 6  Pages

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Examine Nietzsche‟S Statement in the Birth of Tragedy That It Is Only as an „Aesthetic Phenomenon‟ That Existence Can Be „Justified‟ to Eternity.

an ‘Aesthetic Phenomenon’ that existence can be ‘justified’ to eternity. According to the qualities of ‘eternity’ andexistence’ that Nietzsche and Schopenhauer prescribe; it is by definition that something can only be justified in the phenomenal world: the world of ‘existence’. Although this statement describes existence justifying itself to eternity, The Birth of Tragedy tends to illustrate the inverse: eternity justifying itself appearing through existence. However the movement between the...

Aesthetics, Apollonian and Dionysian, Art 2567  Words | 7  Pages

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The Existence of God

The Existence of God Kimberly Mongold PHI 208 Ethics and Moral Reasoning Instructor Kenneth Mentor April 07, 2013   Since the beginning of time people have often questioned the meaning of life, how the universe was created and the purpose for the wildlife and creatures that roam the earth. These things often lead us to question the existence of God. In order to even begin to answer these complex questions we must uncover the source of all of these occurrences. In this paper I will...

Atheism, Big Bang, Existence 1677  Words | 5  Pages

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It Is Points to Deny the Logical Necessity of the Existence of God.

pointless to deny the logical necessity of the existence of God.” First of all, we must ask: is the existence of God an analytic statement, or is it synthetic. An analytic statement is one which is impossible to think of as false. For example, a triangle having three internal angles which total 180 degrees is an analytic statement because it it impossible to think of a triangle in any other way. This therefore means that the proposition is logically necessary and it would be incoherent to be considered...

Atheism, Existence, Immanuel Kant 870  Words | 3  Pages

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The Grounding of Kant's Ethics in CPR

interact with and govern all use of understanding in experience1. Kant lays a foundation that argues that objects obtained from pure reason originate in logic’s speculative capacity, and allow for inferences to be made for the sake of experience. The Critique of Pure Reason dissects this dichotomy at length, and claims that there is a necessary dependence between empirical intuitions and objects of pure reason that allow mankind to think and cognize in very specific and consequential ways. He argues...

Critique of Pure Reason, Human nature, Idealism 2004  Words | 6  Pages

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Why Study World Religions

PHL230 Religions of the World I think that it is important to study world religions because it can help people to become more tolerant of other’s beliefs and more compassionate to other people’s causes. With so much war and misunderstanding in the world based on religious viewpoints, it is important to take the time to find out where and why people believe the way that they do. While I find that most people in the world follow a religion based on their geographical location, this is not the case...

Buddhism, Christianity, Comparative religion 1431  Words | 4  Pages

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Why Did the Us Enter World War I

Why did the United States enter World War I in 1917? On June 28th 1914, Franz Ferdinand, the Austrian archduke, and his wife were murdered by a Bosnian revolutionary named Gavrilo Princip. This assassination triggered declarations of war. Firstly, this gave Austria a reason to attack Serbia. This then led to Russia mobilizing their army in order to defend Serbia, which then led to Germany executing “The Plan” and attacking France through Belgium. The domino effect continued and war broke out...

Allies of World War I, Allies of World War II, Central Powers 855  Words | 3  Pages

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: Does the Existence of Suffering Prove That God Does Not Exist? Does It Make It Unlikely That God Exists?

This argument states that if evil exists how and why can God exist as well? The traditional theist believes that the definition of God is some superior being who is omnibenevolent, omnipotent and omniscient. This sums up to a being who is all good, loving, powerful and knowing, a being of such greatness is also known as God. Although this definition does create much problems to the argument of evil, which rises to the inconsistent facts of the world we today live in and lacks traditional support to...

Existence, Existence of God, Free will 1523  Words | 4  Pages

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Philosophie's of Sophies World

Philosophies of Sophie's World Sophie's World Berkeley Signature Edition/March 1996 The Garden of Eden-pg 2 Sophie is introduced to two questions she has not really thought about, but is very important questions to philosophers. She realizes that these questions are really important but most people take these questions for granted. When we are little children, we are easily amazed by many things that older people see as bland since they are used to it. Philosophers are like children that...

Aristotle, God, Metaphysics 1193  Words | 5  Pages

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Philosophy Notes on Kant

Kant was part of enlightenment period Morality is entirely determined by what someone wills because a good will is the only thing that is good with out provocations. Every other character trait is only morally good once we qualify it as such. Kant morality is all about what someone wills and not about the end result or consequence is. Someone can be happy but for immoral reasons. Kant it is really the thought that counts. Motivation is everything. What does Bentham and Mills look at consequences...

Categorical imperative, Deontological ethics, Ethics 1962  Words | 5  Pages

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Immanuel Kant

Immanuel Kant Categorical Imperative Approach center850008549640Ethics and the Legal Environment1000000Ethics and the Legal Environment Immanuel Kant was born in Konigsberg, East Prussia in 1724. He attended the Collegium Fridiricianum at eight years old where he was taught classicism. Then he went to the University of Konigsberg where he spent his career focusing on philosophy, mathematics, and physics. When his is father past away, Kant left the university and earned his living as a...

Categorical imperative, Deontological ethics, Ethics 807  Words | 2  Pages

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Why I am Not a Christian - Bertrand Russell

  Why I am Not a Christian  an Examination of the God‐Idea and Christianity      Bertrand Russell  [March 6, 1927]      [The lecture that is here presented was delivered at the Battersea Town Hall under the  auspices of the South London Branch of the National Secular Society, England. It should  be added that the editor is willing to share full responsibility with the Hon. Bertrand  Russell in that he is in accord with the political and other opinions expressed.]    As your chairman has told you...

Christianity, Existence of God, God 6715  Words | 4  Pages

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Immanuel Kant

Immanuel Kant (1724–1804) is the central figure in modern philosophy. He synthesized early modern rationalism and empiricism, set the terms for much of nineteenth and twentieth century philosophy, and continues to exercise a significant influence today in metaphysics, epistemology, ethics, political philosophy, aesthetics, and other fields. The fundamental idea of Kant's “critical philosophy” — especially in his three Critiques: the Critique of Pure Reason (1781, 1787), the Critique of Practical...

A priori and a posteriori, Critique of Pure Reason, Epistemology 21099  Words | 51  Pages

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hobbes and kant

The first humans on earth were primative clans that stuck together. As time developed so did the mind of the human. As the minds of humans started to expand, society developed and so did its many other aspects. One of those aspects is the social contract. A social contract are theories that try to explain the ways in which people form states and/or maintain social order. The notion of the social contract implies that the people give up some rights to a government or other authority in order to receive...

Bellum omnium contra omnes, Immanuel Kant, John Locke 1500  Words | 4  Pages

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Kant and Rousseau

The Influence of Kant and Rousseau on the Enlightenment The eighteenth century was a time of rapid change and development in the way people viewed humans and their interaction with others in society. Many countries experience revolution and monarchies were overthrow. People began to question the values that were ingrained in society and governments that ruled them. Two of the biggest philosophers of that time were Immanuel Kant and Jean-Jacques Rousseau, who both ignite the overthrow of tradition...

Age of Enlightenment, Categorical imperative, David Hume 2384  Words | 6  Pages

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Why Allow ?

Why does God allow evil? This excerpt was written by Richard Swinburne, which overall talks about his beliefs concerning God. His theistic view on the subject can strongly be seen through his writing. Ultimately, theism is the belief that there is one god who is the ruler of the world and the universe. Richard Swinburne is the leading advocate of a theistic point of view. His main message was to answer the question “Why does God allow evil?” and I believe he did a great job describing his overall...

Atheism, Existence of God, God 868  Words | 3  Pages

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Richard Swinburne's "The Problem of Evil": God's Existence

Richard Swinburne's "The Problem of Evil": God's Existence Philosophers have looked for ways to explain God's existence for centuries. One such argment that the believer must justify in order to maintain the possibility of God's existence is the problem of evil. In his essay, "The Problem of Evil," by Richard Swinburne, the author attempts to explain how evil can exist in a world created by an omniscient, omnipotent, omnibenevolent Being, namely God. Swinburne uses to free-will defense and...

Evil, Free will, God 2109  Words | 5  Pages

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Kant Deontological Theory

Student Name: Veronica Ryan Student No: 20120035 Assignment: Kant Lecturer: Prof: Wamsley Due Date: 23 August 2013 ____________________________________________________________________ Emmanuel Kant was an influential German Philosopher. He was born in Konigsberg in Prussia to Protestant parents he lived from 1724 to 1804. Kant observed the world around him and observed that that every culture religion and society has moral law whether they are obeyed or not. The Formula of Universal Law-...

Categorical imperative, Deontological ethics, Ethics 1651  Words | 5  Pages

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 KANT INFLUENCE ON CRIMINAL JUSTICE Alison Sheehe CRJ 289-3001 Law and Justice Sept 2013 Instructor Randy Flocchini Kant Influence on Criminal Justice Abstract Immanuel Kantis one of the most influential philosophers in the history of the Western philosophy. His contribution two metaphysical epistemology, ethic, and aesthetics have had a profound impact on almost every philosophical movements that followed him. Kant believe that, in knowledge originated in our senses...

Categorical imperative, Critique of Pure Reason, Ethics 1334  Words | 5  Pages

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Why are Standards Necessary?

Why are Standards Necessary? Civil aviation is a powerful force for progress in our modern global society. A healthy and growing air transport system creates and supports millions of jobs worldwide. It forms part of the economic lifeline of many countries. It is a catalyst for travel and tourism, the world's largest industry. Beyond economics, air transport enriches the social and cultural fabric of society and contributes to the attainment of peace and prosperity throughout the world. Twenty...

Aeronautics, Air traffic control, Airline 716  Words | 3  Pages

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Why does the world exist?

All throughout our lives we are told to dream. We know that dreams don’t necessarily reflect reality, but they serve as a powerful source of inspiration which can sometimes allow us to change our realities. The reason why dreams are so important to us is because they allow us to experience situations that are beyond what could occur in real life. But how can we be sure that our thoughts and dreams don’t directly influence reality? Or that “reality”, as we commonly understand it, isn’t real...

Existence, Metaphysics, Ontology 1486  Words | 4  Pages

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Why War Is Necessary

For as far back as mankind dates back in it's existence, there has always been and always will be war. History all throughout the world holds numerous acts of war dating all the way back to the early years of civilization, up until even today's most recent problems. I believe war is a perfectly necessary action, especially when a hostile force makes unjustifiable attacks that put the safety of our country at jeopardy. This does not mean that every issue's solution has to be war. Simply, this means...

Armoured fighting vehicle, English-language films, Money 1571  Words | 4  Pages

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Anshelm´s Proof of God´s Existence

The question about the existence of God or, more generally speaking, of a supernatural entity that steers the course of the world, is probably as old as humanity itself. Many great philosophers were concerned with this basic and yet so important question which remains to be a controversial issue to this day! In the following I will commit myself to the above-mentioned question by firstly reconstructing Anselm´s proof of God´s existence and secondly considering his position in the light of the critique...

Anselm of Canterbury, Atheism, Existence 1477  Words | 4  Pages

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Kant and Descartes

Johnson December 12, 2012 Kant and Descartes “Idealism is the assertion there are none but thinking thing beings. All other things, which we believe are perceived in intuitions, are nothing but presentations in the thinking things, to which no object external to them in fact corresponds. Everything we see is just a construction of the mind.” (Prolegomena). Idealism maintains that there are no objects in the world, only minds. According to idealism, the existence of outer objects is uncertain...

A priori and a posteriori, Cognition, Critique of Pure Reason 1016  Words | 3  Pages

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Kant vs. Hume: Source of Morality

contrasting the moral philosophies of David Hume and Immanuel Kant. Although I will be discussing several ideas from each philosopher the main theme of my paper will be dealing with the source of morality. It is my opinion that Hume’s sentiment based, empirical method is more practical than the reason based, a priori theory of Kant. According to Kant moral law must be known a priori, and must be able to be universally applied to all beings. Kant asserts that empirical explanations of morality may only...

Aesthetics, David Hume, Deontological ethics 1843  Words | 5  Pages

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Kant & Hume, Comparative Study

Immanuel Kant and David Hume— Two of the modern world’s most followed and known, yet opposing philosophers. Immanuel Kant and David Hume both assert that all knowledge comes from experience, yet disagree on whether or not experience determines all knowledge, disagree on the causality of the universe as organized or unorganized, and disagree on God’s existence (or non-existence) within the world. Despite these vast differences, however, both philosophies have managed to co-exist in the modern world...

Atheism, Causality, Existence 2034  Words | 5  Pages

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The Better Morality: Kant and Aristotle on Happiness

Immanuel Kant and Aristotle agree that all rational beings desire happiness and that all rational beings at least should desire moral righteousness. However, their treatments of the relationship between the two are starkly opposed. While Aristotle argues that happiness and morality are nearly synonymous (in the respect that virtue necessarily leads to happiness), Kant claims that not only does happiness have no place in the realm of morality, but that a moral action usually must contradict the actor’s...

Categorical imperative, Ethics, Happiness 1551  Words | 4  Pages

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Kant on the Death Penalty The following is taken from Immanuel Kant’s The Metaphysics of Morals (Part II, “The Science of Right”), translated by W. Hastie with emendations and paragraph numbers added by Jeremy Anderson. The complete text is available free online here. In this excerpt, Kant first explains what crime is and the different sorts of crimes (paragraph 1), which is not very important for our purposes. He then presents his view that punishment is justified by the criminal's having...

Capital punishment, Categorical imperative, Crime 790  Words | 3  Pages

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Existence of God

Descartes Essay: Existence of God Descartes’ Third Meditation focuses on the existence of God. He describes God as ‘a certain substance that is infinite, independent, supremely intelligent and supremely powerful, and that created me along with everything else that exists – if anything else exists’ (Descartes, 25). In this Meditation, he states a fundamental principle that ‘there must be as much [reality] in the cause as there is in its effect’. This is the question of the existence of infinity when...

Existence, Existence of God, Metaphysics 1042  Words | 3  Pages

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Why did Germany Lose WW1

Why did Germany lose World War One? World War One was a war between several countries in Europe. It is called a world war because it was the first war which affected so many countries all over the world. It took place from July 1914 to November 1918. The war was mainly fought between two alliances, the Triple Entente (Britain, France and Russia) and the Triple Alliance (Germany, Austria-Hungary and Italy). The main reasons why Germany lost the war were: the German Army asking to end the war; The...

Belgium, German Empire, Schlieffen Plan 1379  Words | 4  Pages

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Existence of God

Existence of God The question as to the fact on whether or not God exists or ceases to exist has been one of the most debated. Human beings find it necessary to prove the existence of God so that we can give meaning to life. People that disprove his existence do so because they find meaning elsewhere, such as in evolution. A person can believe and have faith in God, but as to whether or not his existence can be proven lays the argument between theists and atheists. The philosophers discussed believe...

Arguments for the existence of God, Atheism, Existence 1728  Words | 5  Pages

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Why Did the First World War Break Out in 1914?

Why did the First World War break out in 1914? In this essay I will be outlining the key points in why the First World War broke out in 19 14. Many people tend to say "Because Archduke Ferdinand got shot." Still others have blamed it on the increased independence and Imperialism in Hungary to Russia’s growing military. If I had to answer the question myself, the answer would be all of the above, and more. The events from June of 1914 through August of 1914 can be described as one thing leading...

Archduke Franz Ferdinand of Austria, British Empire, Canada 946  Words | 3  Pages

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Immanuel Kant Paper

 Immanuel Kant HUM 400 12 Jun 2010 Kant's "Good Will" Immanuel Kant (1724-1804) is one of the most influential philosophers in history of Western philosophy. A main representative of the Western-European classical philosophy, Immanuel Kant dealt with the best traditions of the German idealism. A human personality, according to Kant is the highest and absolute value. It is the personality, in Kant’s understanding, that towers the person over its own self and links the human being...

Aesthetics, Ethics, Good and evil 1890  Words | 8  Pages

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God Existence

Georg Brow Professor Jovanovski Phi-101 5/8/13 The Existence of God, and which God Does Existence The existence of God is a subject matter that most people want to know the answer to. Many great philosophers have debated about this subject for generations. Feuerbach has an interesting point of view about the subject matter. Feuerbach believes that if it can be scientifically proven then it is real or true and anything that is not proven is not real because there are no facts to back it up...

Atheism, Christianity, Existence of God 2548  Words | 6  Pages

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How Does One’s Understanding of Human Nature Inform One’s Account of Law? Discuss with Reference to at Least One of Hobbes, Kant, and Rawls.

How does one’s understanding of human nature inform one’s account of law? Discuss with reference to at least one of Hobbes, Kant, and Rawls. This essay title invites the analysis of two different questions. The first being whether the understanding of human nature influences one’s understanding of the need for law or not. The second question on whether the understanding of human nature affects formulation of the legal system. I believe one’s account of human nature would significantly influence...

Immanuel Kant, John Locke, Law 1729  Words | 5  Pages

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Why censorship is necessary

Why censorship is necessary ? Obviously censorship in films and other medias is needed. The richness of today's films is present without government monitoring the contents, yet some types of films are offensive and even some types contain child pornography which leads to the increase of the sexual harassment phenomena. What is censorship? Censorship is a form of prohibition and punishment. Censorship involves people's point of view on politics and religious issues, issues related to social...

Censorship, Civil and political rights, Ethics 878  Words | 5  Pages

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Deontology: Ethics and Kant

 Kantian Deontology 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 a strong moral foundation in which it seems...

Categorical imperative, Deontological ethics, Ethics 1126  Words | 4  Pages

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Modes of Existence

Modes of Existence When encountered with various experiences in life, a person is given the choice of how he or she will go about interpreting the experiences. Such interpretations are directly related to that individual's perception of life and its meaning, his or her mode of existence. This mode of existence provides the person with a reason to live, and, above all, dictates his or way of living within the world. Aesthetic existence and ethical existence are two such modes of existence. Although...

Decency, Ethics, Human 2140  Words | 6  Pages

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Existence of God Arguments

Aquinas' Five Proofs What real evidence can be supplied for God's existence? St. Thomas, in his Summa Theologica, sets forth five separate proofs for the existence of God, Unlike St. Anselm's proof, which deals with pure concepts, St. Thomas' proofs rely on the world of our experience-what we can see around us. In these proofs we can easily see the influence of Aristotle and his doctrine of the Four Causes.  l) The Proof from Motion. We observe motion all around us. Whatever is in motion now...

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Kant and the Autonomous Individual

that freedom and autonomy are linked, as well as subjectivity and morality. This essay will also show why existentialism is the only medium sufficient enough to obtain these ideals. This evidence will be provided through the works of Sartre and De Beauvoir, and will give us a basis to discuss why freedom cannot exist without an individual first being autonomous, as well as why subjectivity is necessary to form a correct moral code. Objections to this form will also be discussed and refuted. Within De...

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Kant Trancendental Argument

then reasons to a conclusion that is a substantive and unobvious presupposition and necessary condition of this premise. The crucial steps in this reasoning are claims to the effect that a subconclusion or conclusion is a presupposition and necessary condition of a premise. Such a necessary condition might be a logically necessary condition, but often in Kant's transcendental arguments the condition is necessary in the sense that it is the only possible explanation for the premise, whereupon the...

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Kant Final

Christopher Rowley Modern Final on Kant 1. For Kant, it is of the greatest importance that one distinguishes a priori from a posteriori judgments, as well as synthetic from analytic judgments. A priori judgments involve absolute necessity and strict universality, i.e. they are valid without variation for all cognizant beings. A posteriori judgments, on the other hand, are empirical and as such are necessarily synthetic. In the case of synthetic claims, the predicate is not contained in...

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