Immanuel Kant’s Ethics of Duty and Freedom The 18th century German philosopher of the Enlightenment period, Immanuel Kant was one of Western civilization’s most unique and original thinkers, still influential to the thought of today. In this paper, I touch on factors significant to the formulation of Kant’s ethics of duty and freedom in making personal moral choices. In arriving at his novel ideas about personal duty and freedom in morality, Kant was critical of ethical theories formulated by others before him. For example, he believed that punishment was warranted and deserved for those who did wrongdoing in contrast to those who believed that all punishment for wrongdoing was evil. Most significant, I think, were Kant’s criticisms of...The end:
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