Kant 's Argument On Morality And Rationality Of Suicide Essay

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Kant and Brandt had opposing views on the morality and rationality of suicide. Kant’s argument is that suicide is always wrong. His definition of suicide is that there is always motivation by the desire for pleasure and to avoid some pain. He says that it is about the intention. A suicide is defined as killing yourself in order to avoid pain or because of lack of pleasure. He also states that not suicide, then when there is a rational duty and not pleasure. Kant used two different arguments to explain it. First, religious argument against suicide. He argues that is not for us to choose the time of our death. We are put here for a reason and we have to fulfil that reason. If we kill ourselves, we are abandoning our job. Second is the natural law against suicide. Every creature naturally loves themselves and love their live.
Therefore, every creature naturally preserves it lives and when you kill yourself, you are going against nature. That is the part which makes it wrong. However, he gives both laws, he stated that natural law is not a good guide because animals kill themselves. Kant says that the religious law is not useful for ethics. He thinks that religion teaches you bad ethics. Religion tends to focus on things that are not ethically important. In other words, you do right in order to please God and do not do bad in order to avoid upsetting God. This is just self-interest and this is unethical. Another argument that he uses is that if God exist then…

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