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REASON AND AGENCY

Knowing how to act morally requires reason.  Thus we must be able to deduce and understand the principles of correct moral behavior.

Having understood what is the right thing to do, we then act in a morally correct way when we freely choose to act according to the moral law which reason has recognized to be correct.

Kant calls our ability to act according to principles, or our capacity to use our free will to do the right thing, practical reason.  

Thus, for Kant, the will puts to use or practice the principles of reason insofar as they concern moral behavior.

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