Mill, Kant and Free Will Term Paper by Top Papers

A look at whether John Stuart Mill's and Immanuel Kant's moral philosophies are compatible with free will.
# 138981 | 2,000 words | 14 sources | 2008 | US
Published on Dec 01, 2008 in Philosophy (General)

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This paper asks whether the philosophical systems of John Stuart Mill and Immanuel Kant are consistent and compatible with the existence or non-existence of free will. The paper finds that Utilitarianism, which Mill posited is consistent with free will and that Kant's Categorical Imperative requires it.

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"The concept of "free will" is problematic to philosphers, especially when there are questions of duty involved. These problems are well illustrated in the cases of John Stuart Mill, one of the key figures in the development of Utilitarianism, and Immanuel Kant, the author of the categorical imperative. The basic moral philosophy associated with John Stuart Mill is Utilitarianism. Utilitarianism can be summarized in the basic definition given by John Stuart Mill:..."

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