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Kant – We don’t really know why we’re doing things

May 17, 2014

“We are pleased to flatter ourselves with the false claim to a nobler motive, but in fact we can never, even by the most strenuous of self-examination, get to the bottom of our secret impursions; for when moral value is in question, we are concerned, not with the actions which we see, but with their inner principles, which we cannot see.”

(from Groundwork for the Metaphysics of Morals [1785])

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