Kant and what he stands for

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Reply Tue 14 Oct, 2008 06:45 pm
What does Kant stand for? Is he a universalist? If not, then what is he?

How would he counsel someone asking for help with suicide?

Thanks
 
Arjen
 
Reply Tue 14 Oct, 2008 06:54 pm
@girly girl,
Hi Girly girl,

Have you read at least some Kant or tried to find any information on him? The question rfutes itself in the manner that Kant stood for the things-in-themselves, which is to say that it defies judgements and therewith predications. So stating what he stands for is, in that sense, always incorrect.

I bet that his counsel would be that suicide does not change the thing-in-itself, nor does it change the person-in-itself. So it would
 
jgweed
 
Reply Tue 14 Oct, 2008 07:46 pm
@girly girl,
Think whether the categorical imperative applies to the example: So act that your actions can be universalised by everyone.
 
Arjen
 
Reply Fri 17 Oct, 2008 04:14 am
@girly girl,
Well put jgweed.

Smile
 
Jazzman phil
 
Reply Sun 26 Oct, 2008 05:22 am
@girly girl,
But Kant does not give a moral imperative. He says that any rational being has it. Rationality demands to act on maximes that doesn't interfere with itself from a universal point of view.

For example: If suicide would be allowed for everyone, that would interfere with the existance of mankind. That means that the maxim, suicide would be allowed, is self-contradictory.
 
SingerNietzsche
 
Reply Tue 28 Oct, 2008 05:38 am
@girly girl,
Check out Kant's correspondance with Maria Von Herbert; it demonstrates a weakness in his moral guidelines. It's quite funny at points, but also quite moving and really hits the mark. It should answer a lot of your questions.

Maria von Herbert's Challenge to Kant
 
 

 
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