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Single Idea 5632

[catalogued under 23. Ethics / D. Deontological Ethics / 6. Motivation for Duty]

Full Idea

Everyone regards moral laws as commands, which they could not be if they did not connect consequences with their rule a priori, and thus carry with them promises and threats, which must lie in a necessary being as the highest good.

Gist of Idea

Moral laws are commands, which must involve promises and threats, which only God could provide


Immanuel Kant (Critique of Pure Reason [1781], B839/A811)

Book Reference

Kant,Immanuel: 'Critique of Pure Reason', ed/tr. Guyer,P /Wood,A W [CUO 1998], p.680

A Reaction

This reveals the thinking of Kant's moral argument for God rather more nakedly than elsewhere.