C S Lewis And Natural Law
2,408 wordsTHE HUMAN RACE is haunted by the idea of doing whatis right. In the first five chapters of Mere Christianity, C. S. Lewisdiscusses the fact that people are always referring to some standard of behavior that they expect other people to know about. People are always defending themselves by arguing that what they have been doing does not really go against that standard, or that they have some special excuse for violating it. What they have in mind is a law of fair play or a rule of decent behavior....
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Duty And Reason As The Ultimate Principle Kant
1,385 wordsDuty and Reason as the Ultimate Principle: Kant Kant claims that only actions from duty have moral worth. In other words, actions from motives other than duty deserve no positive moral evaluation. I like and agree with Kant's view because I believe that a good will makes a good person. I also believe we have all been put on this earth to do our duty. We should do our duty just for duty alone; we should not be concerned about anything else. I will begin by discussing Kant's distinction between wh...
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Sanctity Of Life Quality Of Life
1,038 wordsState One Religious Traditions View Of Euthanasia Euthanasia is described by the Oxford English Dictionary as The bringing about of a gentle and easy death, especially in the case of incurable and painful diseases. The Christian view of Euthanasia is that it is wrong. They understand, the pain and emotional suffering, caused in the case of terminally ill, but believe that a hospice is a better solution and that to commit Euthanasia is murder and a degrading act upon human life. The most common a...
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Written Law Vs Unwritten In Antigone
1,065 wordsIn the play Antigone there is quite a difference in opinion to whether Antigone's actions to go against Human Law or in other words Governed Law was justifiable. Is there a line we can cross when it comes to set laws? Antigone sure thought so. Or was Antigone fighting for her rights as a women to do as she pleased, or was she doing what was best for her brother, "I intend to give my brother burial. I'll be glad to die in the attempt, -if it's a crime, then it's a crime that God commands" (Sophoc...
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John Stuart Mill Point Of View
1,555 words... we understand why it can be taken as morality basis. Try to imagine the situations in which everyone takes what they want. It means that somebody will get everything and somebody nothing and in such situation the main idea happiness for all become ridiculous. As Julie Lund Hughes states Thus, if morality is defined in terms of happiness, not everyone can be moral, which seems wrong. This problem arises whenever one seeks to define morality in terms of happiness. The fact that not everyone co...
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Knowledge And Experience Aspects Of Human
1,497 wordsThe Categorical Imperative Applied to a False Promise In the Foundations of the Metaphysics of Morals, Kant seeks to establish the supreme principle of morality (Kant. 392), the categorical imperative, to act as a standard to which actions can be evaluated for their moral worth. Kant believes that actions motivated by personal experience, whether through observation, indoctrination or some other capacity, lack moral worth because such actions are not determined by the conception of moral law. Wh...
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Human Beings Subject Matter
691 wordsKant starts off making two distinctions regarding kinds of knowledge, empirical / rational and formal / material . Empirical or experience-based knowledge is compared with rational knowledge, which is independent of experience. This distinction between empirical and rational knowledge rests on a difference in sources of evidence used to support the two different kinds of knowledge. Formal is compared with material knowledge. Formal knowledge has no specific subject matter; it is about the genera...
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Crime And Punishment Idea Of Love
2,585 wordsThree notebooks with drafts and notes for Crime and Punishment have been preserved, that is, three manuscript versions of the novel: the first, short version (the novella); the second, lengthier version; and the third, final version. These correspond to the three stages of [Dostoevsky's] work: the Wiesbaden stage (the letter to Katkov); the Petersburg stage (from October to December 1865), when Dostoevsky launched his new plan; and, finally, the last stage (1866). All three-manuscript versions o...
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Sense Of Duty Moral Law
890 wordsDuty and Philosophy If philosophy itself is a method of understanding, then there must first be something present for it to understand, and Kant identifies this something as the moral law. It is this purity that Kant acknowledges to exist without first needing to be perceived (which would therefore rely on that perception to validate it), and rightly claims as the absolute. He further argues that since this true and pure is omnipresent, then it is humanity's duty to hold itself to it, no matter ...
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Martin Luther King Henry David Thoreau
1,653 wordsBy acting civil but disobedient you are able to protest things you don? t think are fair, non-violently. Henry David Thoreau is one of the most important literary figures of the nineteenth century. Thoreau? s essay? Civil Disobedience, ? which was written as a speech, has been used by many great thinkers such as Martin Luther King Jr. and Mahatma Ghandi as a map to fight against injustice. Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. was a pastor that headed the Civil Rights movement. He was a gifted speaker and ...
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Synthetic A Priori Point Of View
1,573 wordsAlice Furnari 24 / 2 / 97 Freedom and Reason in Kant Morality, Kant says, cannot be regarded as a set of rules which prescribe the means necessary to the achievement of a given end; its rules must be obeyed without consideration of the consequences that will follow from doing so or not. A principle that presupposes a desired object as the determinant of the will cannot give rise to a moral law; that is, the morality of an act of will cannot be determined by the matter or content of the will for ...
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Synthetic A Priori Critique Of Pure Reason
2,259 wordsImmanuel Kant was born on April 22, 1724 in Konigsburg, East Prussia. At age 8, he entered the Collegium Fridiricianum, a pietistic Latin school, where he remained for 8 1 / 2 years and studied the classics. he then entered the University of Konigsburg in 1740 to study philosophy, mathematics, and physics. In 1756, he received a degree and was made a lecturer, and in 1770 he became a professor. The death of his father halted his university career so he became a private tutor. In 1755, he returne...
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Law Of Nature Categorical Imperative
1,607 wordsMeets Patel Philosophy Immanuel Kant Immanuel Kant is one of the most influential philosophers in the history of western philosophy. His contributions to metaphysics, epistemology, ethics, and aesthetics have had a profound impact on almost every philosophical movement that followed him. Immanuel Kant s moral philosophy centers around the notion of the good will. Kant believes the good will is the faculty of acting according to a conception of law. He believes we control however, what is the wil...
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Nineteenth Century Literature Criticism W W Norton
4,129 wordsTranscendentalism: The New Religion By: A. K. RodrigueTranscendentalism: The New Religion According to The American Heritage Dictionary, the definition of religion is? a belief in and reverence for a supernatural power or powers regarded as Creator or governor of the universe; a personalized system grounded in such belief; or a cause or activity pursued with zeal or conscientious devotion? (TAHD, 696). The American Heritage Dictionary provides a lexicon description of the word religion; however,...
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Law Of God Civil Disobedience
815 wordsDr. Martin Luther King, Jr. believed civil disobedience, when enacted for the correct reasons, was a useful tool to fight unjust laws. Dr. King gives guidelines and criteria for deciding if a law is just or unjust. The guidelines that I will discuss were created by Dr. King to help him decide whether a law is just or unjust and to then justify his reasoning against objections. If Dr. King, through his guidelines, found a law to be just, he believed that a display of civil disobedience against th...
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Natural Law Human Reason
2,469 wordsAlasdair MacIntyre, in his? ? ... has argued forcefully that the West has lost whatever common ethical grammar it once possessed. In the wake of this? collapse? , moral philosophers and theologians have offered a variety of proposals to resurrect ethics. Moral theologians insist that ethics be rooted in theological truth, though there are wide differences about what this means. On the one side, Stanley Hauerwas has encouraged Christians to abandon misleading universalisms and live out of their p...
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1,915 wordsEssay I Relativism: The Tangible Theory Since the beginning of rational thought, philosophers have searched for the true meaning of morality. Many theorists have attempted to answer this question with reasoning, in an attempt to find a universal set of rules, or a way to distinguish right from wrong. Some theorists believe that this question is best answered by a single moral standard, while others debate if there can be a single solution. Cultural Relativism explores the idea that there can be ...
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Synthetic A Priori Point Of View
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Wallace Stevens Moral Law
589 wordsWallace Stevens and Religion This essay offers an explication of Wallace Stevens poem A High-Toned Old Christian Woman. Addressing A High-Toned Old Christian Woman, the speaker proposes poetry as the supreme fiction (line 1) rather than God or religion. Stevens considered religion as fictions, imaginative creations that made it possible for people to feel at home in a world that is not naturally homelike and hospitable. Thus the speaker s statement suggests that religious fictions have no greate...
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