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Wednesday, June 14, 2017

Kantian Ethics in Gulliver’s Travels: Are the Houyhnhnms Role Models?

Janelle Pötzsch at Philosophy and Literature.
"The aim of Immanuel Kant’s Groundwork for the Metaphysics of Morals is to ascertain and justify the categorical imperative. I will concentrate on the third part of the Groundwork. Here, Kant wants to show why the categorical imperative is binding for us. The purpose of this part of the Groundwork is to show that we have the faculty of practical reasoning—that we are able to establish ends independent of sensual impulses."

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