Groundwork of the Metaphysic(s) of Morals - by Emmanuel Kant[Reading report] by Julien Lacaze


The author was part of the “Alternative Management” third year program in HEC in 2008/2009.

In this book, Kant raises the issue of the morality of human actions, which have to be brought about by what he calls the “good will” in order to be deemed “good”. He distinguishes action carried out according to the duty and action accomplished by duty. But what are the ends of the action? Again, we have to distinguish hypothetical and categorical imperatives, before setting the autonomy of the will as the supreme morality principle. As any reasonable human being is free, Kant has to tackle this very delicate issue: how is it that the human being is both free and submitted to his duty, to the universal law? Maybe because he lives in both sensitive and intelligible worlds. In that case one must accept that there are limits to practical philsophy, which must contnt itself to formulatiing concepts, without comprehending them.

Quote article  Julien Lacaze, « Groundwork of the Metaphysic(s) of Morals - by Emmanuel Kant », 03 october 2009, Alternative Management Observatory (AMO), [Reading report]

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