Reading Analysis #2 (final)

Due: April 13

Length: No more than 5 double-space pages (or equivalent).

Submission: (1) Paper in class or to AH 410 or (2) email the submission to .

Analysis Suggestions

  1. Metaphysics of Morals, section b, "Conscience." At 6:400b (p. 29), Kant writes: "conscience is not something that can be acquired, and we have no duty to provide ourselves with one; rather, every human being, as a moral being, has a conscience within him originally. To be under obligation to have a conscience would be tantamount to having a duty to recognize duties."

  2. Select a single "Article" from the Metaphysics of Morals, particularly one that falls under either "Perfect duties to oneself" (Part I, Book I) or "Duties to others" (Part II). Some suggestions:

    • Article I: On Killing Onself (pp. 546-548; may also want to compare/contrast this with same topic from Groundwork).
    • Article II: On Defiling Oneself with Lust: pp. 548-550.
    • Article III: On Stupefying Oneself (etc.): pp. 550-552.
    • On Servility, pp. 557-559.
    • Duty to Love Other Human Beings, pp. 568-571 (or to 576).
    • On the Vices of Hatred for Human Beings, pp. 576-579.
    • On Vices that Violate Duties of Respect for other Human Beings (i.e., Arrogance, Defamation, Ridicule), pp. 581-583.
    • On Friendship, pp. 584-588.
  3. Section (Paragraph) 135 (and its note #86) from Hegel's Philosophy of Right.

  4. Sections (Paragraphs) 429-437 of Hegel's Phenomenology of Spirit.

  5. Any ONE of sections 3 to 10 of Schopenhauer's On the Basis of Morality. The sections are entitled:

    • Section 3: Overview
    • Section 4: On the Imperative Form of Kantian Ethics
    • Section 5: On the Assumption of Duties in Particular
    • Section 6: On the Foundation of Kantian Ethics
    • Section 7: On the Supreme Principle of Kantian Ethics
    • Section 8: On the Derivative Forms of the Supreme Principle of Kantian Ethics
    • Section 9: Kant's Doctrine of Conscience
    • Section 10: Kant's Doctrine of Intelligible and Empirical Character - Theory of Freedom.
  6. Any other passage from the course readings. Please avoid duplications of work that has been submitted for the First Reading Analysis. Continuation of work (i.e., new work) on a particular theme or subject addressed in the First Reading Analysis, however, is acceptable.