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Critique of the Empiricist Explanation of Morality

Is there a Natural Equivalent of Categorical Morality?

  • Authors
  • C. W. Maris

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages I-XX
  2. C. W. Maris
    Pages 1-7
  3. C. W. Maris
    Pages 73-92
  4. C. W. Maris
    Pages 93-120
  5. C. W. Maris
    Pages 121-136
  6. C. W. Maris
    Pages 137-154
  7. C. W. Maris
    Pages 193-226
  8. C. W. Maris
    Pages 227-239
  9. C. W. Maris
    Pages 337-398
  10. C. W. Maris
    Pages 399-448
  11. C. W. Maris
    Pages 449-461
  12. Back Matter
    Pages 463-475

About this book

Introduction

a. 'Two things fill the mind with ever new and increasing admiration and awe, the oftener and the more steadily we reflect on them: the starry heavens above and the moral law within. ' Thus Kant formulates his attitude to morality (Critique of Practical Reason, p. 260). He draws a sharp distinction between these two objects of admiration. The starry sky, he writes, represents my relationship to the natural, empirical world. Moral law, on the other hand, is of a completely different order. It ' . . . begins from my invisible self, my personality, and exhibits me in a world which has true infinity, but which is traceable only by the understanding and with which I discern that I am not in a merely contingent but in a universal and necessary connection (. . . ). ' (p. 260). So Kant sees morality as a separate metaphysical order opposed to the world of empirical phenomena. Human beings belong to both worlds. According to Kant, the personality derives nothing of value from its relationship with the empirical world. His part in the sensuous world of nature places man on a level with any animal which before long must give back to the rest of nature the substances of which it is made.

Keywords

David Hume Kant Moral Law ethics morality positivism realism

Bibliographic information

  • DOI https://doi.org/10.1007/978-94-017-4430-0
  • Copyright Information Springer Science+Business Media Dordrecht 1981
  • Publisher Name Springer, Dordrecht
  • eBook Packages Springer Book Archive
  • Print ISBN 978-94-017-4432-4
  • Online ISBN 978-94-017-4430-0
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