Essay on Kant And Aristotle 's Moral Code

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When it comes to moral code, Kant and Aristotle have very different views. While Kant believes duty to society and the fellow man come before happiness, Aristotle thinks that happiness comes from making virtuous decisions. Although both philosophers have different ideas on how actions create happiness, they both agree it is an important aspect when considering actions. For Aristotle, if someone does the right thing in the right situation to the right person, they can be happy. And for Kant, he believes a person should try to be happy, but not let their happiness affect their judgement when considering the best path to take.
In simple terms, Kant believes that if a person is faced with a decision, they should be content with having everyone in similar situations choosing to do the same thing that they did. This is also how he defines his moral code, known as his categorical imperative. “It concerns not the matter of the action, or its intended result, but its form and the principle of which it is itself a result; and what is essentially good in it consists in the mental disposition, let the consequence be what it may” (Kant. p.138). He argues, since there are no other restricting qualities to the categorical imperative, it can be summarized by: “Act only on that maxim whereby thou canst at the same time will that it should become a universal law” (p.139). Anything that does not fit this standard is not considered a virtuous action by Kant’s logic. For example, if one were…

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