Essay about Kant 's Deontology And Aristotle 's Virtue Ethics

1172 Words Oct 25th, 2016 5 Pages
Kant’s deontology and Aristotle’s virtue ethics are similar in that they both question one’s intentions when handling issues of morality. Virtue ethics asks that one looks within, while deontology asks that one looks towards rationality and duty. Respect for humanity is essential – deontology showing this respect through requiring that one never treat another as merely a means to an end, but in respect to their means and their existence as ends as well. Virtue ethics requires such respect by way of the definition of virtue itself, meaning that a truly virtuous person would not disrespect humanity in the first place, since such an action would not seem to come from a virtuous character. Though one’s motives are questioned in both cases, the difference lies in how these motives are questioned. Deontology asks “Am I doing this with respect for others as not merely a means to my own gains, but in themselves as subjects of existence such as myself? With respect for reason, can I will that this action become a universal law in consideration of the wider gratifications this action would hold?” One must appeal to the sense of rationality that is common in all of us, using our ability to reason and the capacity to rationally derive the right action to act accordingly, and then furthermore perform the action out of reverence for the objective moral law and duty. The implications however seem to be that the moral good can be achieved solely through following the correct steps to the…

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