Analysis Of The Metaphysic Of Morals By Immanuel Kant

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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
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Kant clearly states people should do the right thing, and avoid doing wrong. Some of the universal morals he describes are do not kill, do not lie, do not steal. He states that people should do the right thing, even if it may lead to harm. This emphasises on the welfare of every human being. Kant also explained that every rational person can define good, without the help of the community or religion. He states that goodwill does not change, regardless of the situation it is placed in. I believe that people can do this, that most people can define good and apply it to their lives. Most people know that it is wrong to kill, and his concept is easy enough to apply to everyday. If we all followed simple rules, such as not stealing or killing, it would lead to happiness. Another example of how this can be applied is with keeping a promise. If we all valued keeping a promise, it would lead to trust and a happier

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