Is The Principle Of Morality? Essay

1783 Words Dec 20th, 2015 8 Pages
Autonomy can be considered the right to govern your own body and decisions and with this principle Kant states it through arguing the principle of morality. The principle of morality is argued in three ways the first as acting though the maxim of our actions, through our will, were to become a universal law, second is the humanity principle where we act in such a way so as to not treat people as a means but as an end, and lastly act only so that our will could regard itself as giving universal law though its maxim. The foundations for the categorical imperative, where an action is necessary in or itself, include acting in a way that the maxim of our actions could be used as a Universal Law, where we always act in a way that we treat humanity as an ends as stated in the humanity principle. This is so as to not dehumanize others and present respect and to always act in such a way where as we our both legislator and legislated in the kingdom of “Ends”. This is because a rational being must always regard himself as law-giving in a realm of ends that is possible only though free will. Kant discusses will and autonomy as a similar concept and states that autonomy is the basis for the dignity of human nature and of every rational nature and with this comes respect as we recognize other’s humanity. Autonomy and will our equated throughout Kant’s work and will is thought of as someone’s capacity or ability to control how one behaves in conformity with certain laws. Kant has…

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