Kant’s Moral Philosophy

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[Revised entry by Robert Johnson and Adam Cureton on January 21, 2022.
Changes to: Main text, Bibliography]
Immanuel Kant (1724 – 1804) argued that the supreme principle of morality is a principle of practical rationality that he dubbed the “Categorical Imperative” (CI). Kant characterized the CI as an objective, rationally necessary and unconditional principle that we must follow despite any natural desires we may have to the contrary. All specific moral requirements, according to Kant, are justified by this principle, which means that all immoral actions are irrational because they violate the CI. Other philosophers, such as…

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