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I am looking for the basic answers to Kantian Ethics, but I can't find them in the internet. Well, I just want to know the basic answers to these 'basic' questions.

1. What are the two BIG THINGS that Kant is trying to bring together in his philosophy?
2. What, according to him enables us to rise above our bodily desires?
3. According to Kant, we experience morality as conflict between two things. What are they?
4. What, according to Kant is the only completely, 100% good thing in the universe?
5. What was so new about Kantian Ethics which distinguishes it from the utilitarian views?

As you can see from the questions, I have bloody no clue of Kant, I know the more complex ideas but I can't answer these questions
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(Original post by Hody421)
I am looking for the basic answers to Kantian Ethics, but I can't find them in the internet. Well, I just want to know the basic answers to these 'basic' questions.

1. What are the two BIG THINGS that Kant is trying to bring together in his philosophy?
2. What, according to him enables us to rise above our bodily desires?
3. According to Kant, we experience morality as conflict between two things. What are they?
4. What, according to Kant is the only completely, 100% good thing in the universe?
5. What was so new about Kantian Ethics which distinguishes it from the utilitarian views?

As you can see from the questions, I have bloody no clue of Kant, I know the more complex ideas but I can't answer these questions
Are you sure that you've looked on the internet for Kant's ethics? He's like the most famous western philosopher in recent times. The last one especially should be simple to answer.
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I'm in no way an authority on this subject, tbh I know little about it, but thought I might aswell help with what I can haha, be sure to fact check this, as far as I know it's all wrong haha

1. Kant's done a lot of Philosophy. His main focus within Ethics is on Deontology (Duty).
3. This could be something to do with his idea of real and apparant 'goods' (There's a lot about this all over the internet)
4.Not really sure haha, could be the Summum Bonum (again, there's a lot online)
5.The main difference between Kantian Ethics and Utilitarianism is their approaches towards the subject, with Utilitarianism being a teleological approach, and Kantian ethics being Deontilogical.
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2. What, according to him enables us to rise above our bodily desires?
As a post-Enlightenment philosopher, Kant believed that our ability to reason is what sets us apart from animals. Therefore using reason in accordance with the categorical imperative is what enables the 'good will to shine forth like a precious jewel'. You could back this us with his quote 'Unless reason takes the reigns of government into it's own hands, desires and inclinations will play the master over the man'.
3. According to Kant, we experience morality as conflict between two things. What are they?
I would say that this is reason vs. desire.
4. What, according to Kant is the only completely, 100% good thing in the universe?
The good will.
5. What was so new about Kantian Ethics which distinguishes it from the utilitarian views?
It is deontological as opposed to consequential, it focuses on the individual's actions rather than what's best for the majority.
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I read this book http://www.pushmepress.com/product/k...aw-coursebook/, I feel like somewhat of an expert!

Hahah, but seriously it really helped me
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The Stanford Encyclopedia of Philosophy is also quite good, I believe they have an app.
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