Affirmative Action Essay

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Immanuel Kant states, “A good will is a will that wills its duty”. I agree with Kant’s statement and disagree affirmative action is ethically justified. According to Kant, this policy is one form of inclination which does not represent the true meaning of morality. In other words, the way Kant sees affirmative action, the process itself is “contrary to duty”. (Immanuel Kant) In reality, companies hire because the government demand them to not for their qualifications. One question Kant would require people to ask their self on deciding if Affirmative action ethical is, ”why you are doing this”. Suppose a man named Brandon Jackson was applying for Google headquarters and meet all the requirements to earn a position in the office. What Brandon …show more content…
Say for instance I receive tutoring for math 113 in an inconvenient time for the tutor. My School’s tutor receives pay which is basically a job not a favor. Kant states,” for an act to be moral, it must accord with and be done for the sake of the moral law; duty must be done for duty sake.”(P.92 Ethical Theory) Therefore, tutoring me cannot be any form of duty, not because it’s not a good thing to be tutored, but the simple fact that the tutor not helping me for a good reason, which makes it not a “good will” according to Kant. Referring back to the question in the previous text, “why are you doing this” this highlight the actuality of affirmative action. Kant believe, “we have the power within us for the sake of being good” which to him makes it the “highest good”. The employer knows he can look at Brandon’s resume and give him a chance for an interview, but his morality wasn’t in place, which shows “power is not the highest good” according to Kant. Kant states, “the good will is the only thing that is good without qualification; it is necessary for the production of any other moral good including happiness”.(P.92 Good Will) How Kant sees it, a person’s happiness is involved with the duty through morals and can effect a person’s decision …show more content…
First Kant stated, “If an action is commanded as instrumentally necessary for bringing about some further end, the imperative is hypothetical”.(P.93 Hypothetical Imperatives) For example, say for instance the employer decided to hire an African American because he or she feel the applicant can make a difference in a work place, that would be an example of hypothetical imperative. This would make affirmative action ethical creating real opportunities rather than using people as a token to avoid lawsuits. Kant continued,” imperatives of skill are technical rules of skills necessary for given end or goal. This means if I want to be hired at a job, it is up to me to do my research on the company to have the upper hand on other applicants before me. Unfortunately hypothetical imperative can become in vain due to the employer’s “subjective desire” (Immanuel Kant) or selfish ways. Kant states, “Commands unqualified obedience to the practical law formulated by reason”, which is categorical Imperative. In other words if affirmative action was viewed in a universal perspective it would be ethical. Kant would state everyone should have affirmative action, which is true and makes it fair to everyone, and if it was referred to one person it would still make a fair

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