Read pages 77-81 of Moral Choices, Scott Rae describes the system Immanuel Kant developed. Kant believed in the existence of God, but wanted to
establish an ethical system people of any religious persuasion (or even atheists) could use. Kant’s thinking, known as ethical rationalism, has significantly
influenced modern western culture.
Respond to the following questions:
1) Is there anything about this ethical system that you do not understand?
2) To what degree do you believe that reason alone can guide ethical discussions? Explain your thinking.
3) Kant placed great emphasis on acting on the basis of what we feel we should (feel obligated to) do. How often and under what circumstances do you act
out of duty?
4) How might you be able to use elements of Kant’s system in your life? What practical applications do you feel this system offers?