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Grounding for the Metaphysics of Morals
Overall Analysis and Themes
Chapter 2 - Part 1
Chapter 2 - Part 2
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1. According to Kant, moral laws apply:
only to those who invent them
to all rational beings in all places at all times
only to human beings
to people who share your culture
2. According to Kant, actions conform to duty when:
they are undertaken for the sake of duty alone
others approve of them
you have been beaten sufficiently
when physical needs are satisfied
3. Kant argues that moral philosophy is useful for which of the following reasons?
to make your life a living hell
to teach us which specific actions we should and should not undertake
to help professors get tenure
to strengthen people's moral sense and help them avert distractions
4. Which of the following is the one unambiguously good thing in the world?
5. Which of the following is a formulation of the moral law from Chapter 1?
always eat your vegetables and pay attention in class
never act on the basis of a principle that you would not want to be a universal law
always follow your gut instinct in making moral decisions
6. Which of the following is a formulation of the categorical imperative from Chapter 2?
never pursue a course of action that could potentially cause another person harm
never read SparkNotes without reading the book being discussed first
always satisfy your own needs before expending energy on the needs of others
always treat other rational beings as ends in themselves, never as mere means
7. In the "kingdom of ends" described in Chapter 2, which of the following is true?
the only laws are universal laws for rational beings
everyone is happy
all people choose the means that best serve their ends
the categorical imperative is included as a clause in the constitution
8. Which of the following is true of things in themselves?
we may have knowledge of them
we may have no knowledge of them
they are accurately represented by appearances
there is no such thing
9. According to Kant, which of the following would count as "heteronomy"?
basing one's action on an urgent physical need
always abiding by the categorical imperative
giving oneself one's own law
living in the "kingdom of ends"
10. Kant argues that morality may be based on which of the following?
the concept of freedom
11. Which of the following best characterizes Kant's philosophical method?
he uses reason to critique itself and identify the limits of rational understanding
he seeks help from God through prayer and meditation
he tries to make philosophical arguments that appeal to poorly educated people and may be understood by them
he looks for evidence of moral freedom in the empirical world
12. In what year was the
13. Which of the following was published before the
Religion within the Limits of Reason Alone
Critique of Practical Reason
Critique of Pure Reason
14. Kant's hometown is now located in which of the following countries?
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