Essay on Kant 's Philosophy On Kantian Ethics

1032 Words Nov 12th, 2015 null Page
In the paper I argue that the act of stealing bread for survival of your family is morally unjust based on Kantian ethics, the contradiction between actions lacks the ability for the person to act based on duty, good will, and the moral law. As the basis of my argument, I will reference the work of Immanuel Kant and his theoretical development of the categorical imperative, furthermore, by implementing Kant’s ideas of good will and duty, it will become clear that Kantian ethics withholds a strict rule over the moral reasoning and actions of the individual in a social world. In the beginning sections of this paper I will briefly describe the basics of Kantian ethics, in particular, the categorical imperative and it three main formations, universality, humanity, and the kingdom of ends. Moreover, I will explain Kant’s importance on good will and the justification of a moral action based on the duty of the individual. Finally, the paper will conclude by arguing that Kantian ethics would disagree with the actions of Jean Valjean in the play Les Miserable’s, in particular, the act of stealing bread in order to feed his starving family. Kant’s understanding off morality is rooted in the concepts of duty, will and a moral law that governs the actions of a rational being in society (Kant, Wood, & Schneewind, 2002). Meaning, actions based on a moral law, which he comes to call the categorical imperative, is responsible for the morality and determination of a person to ought to act…

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