Kant 's The Metaphysics Of Morals Essay

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In Immanuel Kant’s, “Groundwork for the Metaphysics of Morals”, the morality of action is questioned, defined, and explained. To do so, Kant brings up an example of several people, two of which either, “preserve their lives”, or, “act charitably” out of pure, “natural inclination” (Kant). The other two are performing the same actions, but, in stark contrast to the other two individuals, are acting because of a, “motive of duty”, or maxim (Kant). Kant explains that those who acted out of duty are only deserving of moral status for their actions, and those who acted out of impulse do not. After much deliberation, I have agreed with Kant’s perspective of what comprises a moral action. In support of my agreeing with Kant, I will provide his reasoning of statements regarding morality, as well a more detailed explanation of his aforementioned personality comparisons. Then, arguments that would oppose his assertion of what makes an action moral. Furthermore, a rebuttal, which backs Kant’s viewpoint, will also be exhibited in response to the opposing arguments. Moreover, the issue of why Kant believes that inclination does not affect morality will additionally be explained in relation to moral choice-making. To truly define the differences between a person acting out of duty and those who do so out of some inherent feeling, Kant uses a description of an everyday circumstance. For example, Kant brings up a shopkeeper, who sells his goods at a flat rate to all of his customers out…

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