Posts tagged ‘human moral situation’

April 13th, 2012

Immanuel Kant and the Human Moral Situation Part 2

by Max Andrews

For a greater context of discussion please see Part 1.

Concerning the human moral situation, there is a radical evil in us that tends toward evil and is linked to our actual will.  There is good implanted in every man fighting an “invisible foe who screens himself behind reason.”  Humans freely sin and are personally responsible to the God postulated and known to be true in the moral act.  Our sin goes against the categorical imperative of the mind.

Humans ought to be perfectible and ultimately can be perfected, this is living in the cat-imp Which every is obligated to keep.  Religion in Christianity gives a moral lawgiver whose will ought to be man’s final goal and end which is the ultimate goal for morality, “that which alone can render a world the object of a divine decree and the end of creation.”

April 12th, 2012

Immanuel Kant and the Human Moral Situation Part 1

by Max Andrews

The human moral situation, according to Kant, is one of a generally evil nature.  By and large man possesses a propensity to act in a way that is evil, as opposed to possessing a propensity to act in a way that is good.  Only if the propensity can be considered as belonging universally to mankind can it then be called a natural propensity to evil.  This natural propensity to evil is exemplified in three degrees: human “frailty,” “impurity”, and “wickedness.”  To say that one is evil, according to Kant, is to say that one is “conscious of the moral law but has nevertheless adopted into his maxim the (occasional) deviation therefrom.”  In summation, an evil man is one who is aware of how to act in accordance with the moral law, yet chooses to act otherwise.  This is the human moral situation.

The human moral situation should be much different.  Rather than knowing what act is good and choosing otherwise, man instead should act in accordance with the moral law.  Mankind should be committed to strict adherence and obedience to the Categorical Imperative.