Tuesday, May 11, 2021

Kant: The Moral Norms are Priceless

“In the Kingdom of Ends everything has either a price or a dignity. If it has a price, something else can be put in its place as an equivalent; if it is exalted above all price and so admits of no equivalent, then it has a dignity.” ~ writes Immanuel Kant in his Groundwork of the Metaphysics of Morals. In Kant’s opinion, only morality, which is an offshoot of the religious and philosophical teachings of the past, has a dignity (and thus it has no price and is irreplaceable). In the twentieth century, the intellectuals imposed their mastery (political power) over morality by taking mystery (religious and philosophical teachings of the past) out of it. They reduced the moral norms into a materialistic conception which has a price and hence can be discarded.

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