Kant – Good Will, Duty, and the Categorical Imperative

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After reading Kant’s Good Will, Duty, and the Categorical Imperative answer the following questions:

  1. Why does Kant say that the good will is good without qualification?
  2. How does Kant distinguish between hypothetical and categorical imperatives?
  3. What kind of imperatives do “prudential” imperatives impose? Do you agree?
  4. How does our autonomy make it possible for us to “participate” in the giving of universal law?
  5. For Kant, animals are not ends in themselves because they cannot reason. So, says Kant, they have no moral rights. Does this seem right to you? Why or why not?

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KANT’S GOODWILL, DUTY AND CATEGORICAL IMPERATIVE

Why Kant Say That the Goodwill Is Good Without Qualification
By saying that the goodwill is good without qualification he meant that goodwill is
applying moral reasoning intending to do what is right (Walschots, 2015). This does not require
any kind of qualification to be termed as good as it is categorically and morally good.
How Kant Distinguishes Between Hypothetical and Categorical Imperatives
Kant refers hypothetical imperative as the instructions that guide someone in order to
achieve a particular goal where failure to act will result in not getting the end result (Walschots,
2015). For example, everyone needs to eat a balanced diet to live healthier. This means good
health wou...

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