Essay on Analysis Of Immanuel Kant 's ' The Metaphysic Of Morals '

973 Words Nov 14th, 2016 4 Pages
Angelica Mariano- Paper 2 Kant
“Let justice be done, though the world perish.” In the late eighteenth century, Immanuel Kant emerged as one of the leading philosophers of his time and focused on deontological ethics, which focused on the morality of actions. Kant developed his work entitled, Groundwork of the Metaphysic of Morals, in which he gives a clear understanding of moral principles. In this work, he developed the categorical imperative, which is suppose to provide a way for us to make moral judgements. Kant clearly explains the definitions of good, moral and gives examples to help readers understand how these ethics can be applied to daily life. From this work, we learn that what is the law isn’t always good, and morality can conflict with laws within society. A prime example of this can be found in Antigone, when Creon’s law is broken. The relationship between ethics and law isn’t always clear- another example is Nazi germany. Although the law called for the genocide of anyone who was not considered part of the aryan race, morals would say this is not right. Kant goes on to develop another concept called the kingdom of ends. The kingdom of ends is a hypothetical state of being in which individuals become subject to universal law and treat each other as themselves, which would end selfishness in achieving one 's own goals. This would allow people 's virtue to lead to happiness. Through this work, Kant became the leader in modern philosophy and created a modern way of…

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