Kant And Kant 's Moral Responsibility Essays

1804 Words Dec 1st, 2015 8 Pages
For many people, their morality and duty comes from religious or political platforms, for others it comes from their emotions. For Kant, this must come from yourself solely because you are a human being. Kant believes that it is our moral responsibility to be honest every single time no matter what the circumstances are. Although Kant gives good reasoning to not ever lie, I believe that lying in order to save a life or to get out of a deadly situation isn’t the worst thing in the world to happen. I am ambivalent towards Kant’s view and believe that it is not always wrong to tell a lie from benevolent motives. The title, On a Supposed Right to Tell Lies from Benevolent Motives, really stands out to me. The title sets up that we believe these are our rights but they are only supposed, we think it’s our right to lie from benevolent motives but turns out according to Kant we have no rights to lie at all. Kant explains that as human beings, we have rights and from these rights come from our duties, which includes being honest. Honesty is important because every being deserves to know the truth. Being honest all the time is part of the categorical imperative according to Kant. Lying “always injures another; if not another individual, yet mankind generally since it vitiates the source of justice” (Kant, 362). If lying happens all the time in mankind, then there is no authenticity anymore and justice means nothing. Kant justifies his position by setting up a story about a murderer…

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