Writing Resources

Sorry about the lack of posts lately. I’ve written two papers in the past two weeks and they’ve taken up most of my writing resources. I got a scathing slew of comments on my first paper. It had to do with Descartes’ clear and distinct ideas. I was told I didn’t understand the ontological argument for the existence of God. Got some work to do. Turning in a Kant paper today, might be a blood bath as well. The paper is rather dry, but (I think) clear. Here’s a snippet:

The will as practical reason is the move from laws to action. How I can move from a general law to a specific action. That is, how we move from the supersensible world to the sensible world. If the will is to be free, it must be free from the sensible world but must effect it. My will is not bound by natural causation, but becomes a part of the causal story in the natural order. When I decide to act, my actions will manifest themselves in the sensible world. So, the causality of the supersensible moves into the sensible. The will effects the world though not being caught up in the causality of the world. This also relates the formulation of will as causality. It is the end of the causal chain in the supersensible world. It is the self causing causality. This causality is free from any empirical conditions and is self determining. The will is determined by the conforming of representation of certain laws. This is last formulation of the will. Since rational agents have the ability to represent practical laws to himself, and conform himself to them, he has a will. This is also wrapped up in the principle of autonomy. The autonomous will, over and above being able to represent laws to itself and conform to them, is able to give itself the laws it follows. The moral law, given by reason, is this universalized practical principle.

The will is then the central tenant of Kant’s philosophy. It is the ability of rational agents that makes morality possible. The will, removed from all empirical grounding, becomes it’s own determination, it’s own causation and is free. The ability we have to make a choice as to the grounding of the will is the central tenant of Kant’s philosophy. This choice is the only way to moral agency.

You think I repeated myself enough? Oh well, here’s to philosophical decapitations.

~ by Barky on October 12, 2011.

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