Wednesday, October 19, 2016
Kant and Reason
According to Kant, nothing is wholly good because they can always be attached to something bad or be misused for bad. Be it mental talents, character or gifts of good fortune they, in themselves, are not good. The only thing that can be called good is good will. Good will is not good because of what it achieves, although it can produce results of good. good will is good by virtue of its existence, the sole purpose to produce good. Whether it produces that good or not, it in itself is good. Kant says that happiness is not a product of reason but rather reason actually reduces peoples happiness. Reason instead must help people to produce good will. Kant says that this will, produced through reason, "must be the supreme good and the condition of every other", including the desire of happiness. For the most part, I agree with Kant's viewpoint. However, his idea that reason reduces happiness does appeal to me. Instead, I believe that reason helps us find happiness due to the fact that we are being honest with ourselves when we use reason.