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Duty and Philosophy If philosophy itself is a method of understanding then there must first be something present for it to understand and Kant identifies this something as the moral law It is this purity that Kant acknowledges to exist without first needing to be perceived which would therefore rely on that perception to validate it and rightly claims as the absolute He further argues that since this true and pure is omnipresent then it is humanitys duty to hold itself to it no matter how the inclination or desire to reason away from or to ignore it may tempt us Kant then concludes that since it is this moral law that all beings are based it is thusly imperative for the collective method which we so direly depend upon to interpret and utilize the universe should at its roots solely rely upon that knowledge given to us innately and not upon empirical and anthropological grounds Kant identifies this moral law by recognizing the innate sense of duty bestowed upon every being That there must be such a pure philosophy is evident from the common idea of duty and of moral laws Everyone must admit that if a law is to be morally valid ie is to be valid as a ground of obligation then it must carry with it absolute necessity If a being has this idea of duty of the need to fulfill it is obvious that it should and must live in accordance to that obligation at every moment and in every way The concept of survival in the animal kingdom supports this idea well If we examine an animal and its daily activities such as hunting for food protecting its territory and mating among others we observe a duty in that animal to stay alive to see another day Survival isnt easy survival is tough pain-staking work every day after day If the animal didnt feel an innate
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