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Preface[ edit ] In the preface to the Groundwork Kant motivates the need for pure moral philosophy and makes some preliminary remarks to situate his project and explain his method of investigation.
Kant opens the preface with an affirmation of the ancient Greek idea of a threefold division of philosophy into logic, physics, and ethics.
Logic is purely formal—it deals only with the form of thought itself, not with any particular objects. Physics and ethics, on the other hand, deal with particular objects: Additionally, logic is an a priori discipline, i.
By contrast, physics and ethics are mixed disciplines, containing empirical and non-empirical parts. The empirical part of physics deals with contingently true phenomena, like what kind of physical entities there are and the relations in which they stand; the non-empirical part deals with fundamental concepts like space, time, and matter.
Similarly, ethics contains an empirical part, which deals with the question of what—given the contingencies of human nature—tends to promote human welfare, and a non-empirical part, which is concerned with an a priori investigation into the nature and substance of morality.
Given that the moral law, if it exists, is universal and necessary, the only appropriate means to investigate it is through a priori rational reflection.
Thus, a correct theoretical understanding of morality requires a metaphysics of morals. The purpose of the Groundwork is to prepare a foundation for moral theory. Because Kant believes that any fact which is grounded in empirical knowledge must be contingent, he can only derive the necessity that the moral law requires from a priori reasoning.
It is with this significance of necessity in mind that the Groundwork attempts to establish a pure a priori ethics. Section One[ edit ] In section one, Kant argues from common sense morality to the supreme principle of morality, which he calls the categorical imperative.
The Good Will Kant thinks that, with the exception of the good willall goods are qualified. By qualified, Kant means that those goods are good insofar as they presuppose or derive their goodness from something else.
Take wealth as an example. Wealth can be extremely good if it is used for human welfare, but it can be disastrous if a corrupt mind is behind it. In a similar vein, we often desire intelligence and take it to be good, but we certainly would not take the intelligence of an evil genius to be good.
The good will, by contrast, is good in itself. What guides the will in those matters is inclination.
The argument is based on the assumption that our faculties have distinct natural purposes for which they are most suitable, and it is questionable whether Kant can avail himself of this sort of argument.
The Three Propositions Regarding Duty The teleological argument, if flawed, still offers that critical distinction between a will guided by inclination and a will guided by reason.Free kindle book and epub digitized and proofread by Project Gutenberg.
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Vol. 2, Ch. 1, § 1; Do not shorten the morning by getting up late, or waste it in unworthy occupations or in talk; look upon it as the quintessence of life, as to a certain extent sacred. The Project Gutenberg EBook of Counsels and Maxims, by Arthur Schopenhauer This eBook is for the use of anyoneanywhere at no cost and with almost.