IntroductionFreedom. No single word is found more often on the lips of the American politician. It is ‘Murika’s rallying cry. But what does it mean? And, once we’ve settled on a meaning, what sorts of actions does that value commit us to? As everyone knows, 99% of philosophy consists in asking, “Ah, ha! But what do […]Read More Freedum Vs Freedom: What’s the Difference and Why Should We Care? USA! USA! Edition
Introduction and ContextKant is considered to be one of the most important philosophers ever…EVER! Therefore, everything he says it true. The end. Well, not quite. Lets avoid appeals to authority and look at the arguments ourselves, shall we? As I mentioned in earlier posts the difference between the 3 main ethical theories (virtue, deontology, consequentialism) […]Read More Kantian Ethics: A Summary
Preamble (Warning: I haven’t proof read this entry yet) For those of you who haven’t been following or have forgotten what I’ve written about Kant here are some technical terms that will allow you to understand what I’ve written here. This is a section of my paper that I’m working on. For some reason […]Read More Can I Reason My Way To Moral Principles? Or Do I Need Some Other Kind of Knowledge?
Preamble Lets do a quick and dirty summary of where we are so far in Kant’s argument regarding obligations to act morally when we know what the correct moral action is. When we left off Kant had made the case that some things are ends in themselves; in ordinary language we say that some […]Read More Do I Have to Do What I Know Is Right? (Part 2)
KANT…Kant…kant… There are several philosophers that are notoriously difficult to interpret–one of the guys that falls squarely in that category is Immauel Kant. His name strikes fear into philosophy students around the woooooorld. Being the glutton for punishment that I am I decided to take the Kant seminar that is being offered at U […]Read More Kant, Libertarians, and The Bible, Oh, My!