Categorical Imperative In Kantian Ethics

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The most central aspect of Kant’s philosophy is that people are not a means to an end, but an end in themselves. In simple words, Kant tells us to not use people. He believed that the maxims the rules of moral conduct should be universal. And by universal, he suggests that maxims should apply to everyone at all times. His ideas are very strict and unwavering is therefore unsurprising that can reject utilitarianism can put great emphasis on the rights of individuals and stresses personal autonomy which is inconsistent with the application if you need to utilitarianism. Furthermore, the idea of the unwavering nature of Kantian Ethics is the idea that the right takes priority over the good. For example, it would be good to feed starving children …show more content…
While a utilitarian looks at the greater consequences of the action and then judge whether it was ethical or not, Kant focuses on the inherit rightness or wrongness of an action. For Kant, there was one objective moral law, and that is where the categorical imperative comes in. The categorical imperative is all about, in simple terms, considering whether you would make an action you commit a universal law. I understood Kant’s Categorical Imperative as a moral guide on how to interact with other people. He essentially is saying that we cannot simply parasite off of other people in order to push our personal agendas. Kant’s Categorical Imperative is based on the concept of reciprocal and mutual benefit in an action involving more than one person. Every action has a maxim or intention, and an action is morally justified only if the maxim or intention does not involve the use of a person as a mere means. More specifically, it is morally wrong to use someone as a prop or tool in a scheme of action. One must act on maxims that do not take advantage of others, but also have some sort of benefit to the other person involved. These maxims must also be able to be applicable to all people, even if they themselves do not choose to act by that …show more content…
As I stated before, during my junior year in high school I was struggling in my math class just like many of my classmates. I remember that many of them would copy my friend’s homework and get credit for it, she did not mind. I did. I never copied anything, even if I did not understand it and she did. I did not think it was fair for her to spend so much time working on the homework for me to just take one or two minutes to copy everything and get credit for it. I tried to do the homework and whenever I felt stuck, I asked her. And she would take the time to explain to me. But I also respected and valued her time, so I always offered my help in other classes I was good at like biology and chemistry. She appreciated that very much and we both helped each

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