Sep. 27th, 2011

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I have a student working with Kant's ethics for my human nature class. I don't teach the topic in this course because it is bloody difficult, but it grew quite naturally out of some work we did on the analytic/synthetic divide and the need for certainty.

Upshot: I just spent a half-hour discussing the source of the moral law, with a student who seems to enjoy these things. I'm not a Kantian by any stretch of the imagination, but contemplating this topic can be an almost spiritual experience; and teaching it, even moreso.

So, in honor of him, have a soul-lifting song.

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Two things fill the mind with ever new and increasing admiration and awe, the oftener and the more steadily we reflect on them: the starry heavens above and the moral law within. (from The Critique of Pure Reason)

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