Philosophy: Emmanuel Kant Essay

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Kantian Duty
Immanuel Kant has a several "duty based" ethics. Another word for his belief in "duty based" is Deontological ethics. Other two theories are teleological ethics, and consequential ethics. Kant believes teleology is wrong, which put's Kant into the category of a Deontological ethicist. This is apprehensive to specifically what people do, and totally disregard the consequence of the person's actions. Some specific "duty based ethic's are , Do the right thing, do it because it's the right thing to do, don't do the wrong thing, especially avoid the wrong things because "they are wrong". Realistically you can't validate any person's action by showing that the action showed a good ...view middle of the document...

This term Kant used for his moral law overall and in which he understood as an obligation that is universal and without exception in all circumstances.
In addition there are two best known formulations of the categorical imperative which are," Act only on the maxim whereby you can at the same time will that it should become a universal law" ( Kant's examples). This is also believed that "four virtues have been considered foundational or cardinal for all other virtues for that are pointed out to be temperance, courage, justice, and prudence" ( Kant's examples) The second statement that follows the categorical imperative are treat all persons, including oneself, as wends and never as means only( RAE)". In contrast, for Kant the good involves another principle, which is Universalizabibility. Here in this principle Kant argues four bullets of this principle, which are "The formula of the Law of Nature: Act as if the maxim of your action were to become through you will of universal law of nature", The second formula is of the End itself- " Act in such a way that you always treat humanity, whether in your own person or in the person of any other, never simply as a means, but always at the same time as an end", The third, is "The Formula of Autonomy, Act that your will can regard itself at the same time as making universal law through its maxims", the Last Formula states the "Kingdom of Ends", and act as if you were through your maxims a law-making member of a kingdom of ends". ( Week 5 Lecture Content). With Kant, we need to stick with our duties because we all have them, and we must be consistent because other distractions will arise but we must stick to our duty regardless if we find pleasure or other positive consequences around our duty that we find in yourself!
With Kant there are prescriptions for right and wrong, Specifically in the Categorical Imperative. People arise questions " like does this rule actually tell us how we should act in any given situation ( Week 5 Lecture Content). Specifically "In practice, people recognize a plurality of values and that these values can conflict, under certain circumstances people regard it as a moral to a lie" ( Kant's examples). On contrary, Kant's duty based ethics has brought out the good value in every human being, I think duty based...

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