Monday, May 21, 2012

Quote of the week - Immanuel Kant on morality

"Even if there never have been actions arising from such pure sources, what is at issue here is not whether this or that happened; that, instead, reason by itself and independently of all appearances commands what ought to happen; that, accordingly, actions of which the world has perhaps so far given no example, and whose very practicability might be very much doubted by one who bases everything on experience, are still inflexibly commanded by reason ... because ... duty ... lies, prior to all experience, in the idea of a reason determining the will by means of apriori grounds." 

-Immanuel Kant, Groundwork of the metaphysics of morals, 1785

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