Friedrich Schiller’s Response to Emmanuel Kant’s Metaphysics of Morals


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Friedrich Schiller's Response to Emmanuelle Kant’s Groundwork of the Metaphysics of Morals
The philosophy involved in both the work of Emmanuelle Kant seats itself in the basic moral assumption that inclination is delegated by selfless acts of duty and the wills of an assumed, universal law. Schiller plays upon Kant’s view in a satirical, brash way. Schiller objects to Kant’s version of morality by calling it narrow and restrictive, and serving obligation and duty, and not the true will of man. Schiller does this in a stylized way that chastises Kant for harnessing both inclination and duty as means by which humans operate. Overall, Schiller’s “decisions” and conclusions cast judgment on Kant’s ideology, but do in some ways that represent...
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It is important to see the viewpoint of Friedrich Schiller as a play on Emmanuelle Kant’s important work of philosophy, Groundwork of the Metaphysics of Morals. Though Kant talks a lot about hierarchies of goodness through law, duty and moral obligation, Kant gives a rational human being a lot of credit and leeway to explore their own way to be a good person. This is something that Schiller doesn’t recognize, or plays off in a very severe way. One can learn a lot from these contrasting viewpoints and from philosophical criticism; certainly through a juxtaposition and comparison of Schiller and Kant.
Work Cited
. Groundwork of the
of Morals.
, Mary J, Ed. Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, 1998.