Kant 's Theories Are Based Around Deontological Ethics Essay

821 Words Mar 4th, 2016 4 Pages
Kant’s theories are based around Deontological ethics which revolves around our duties. His categorical imperatives are composed of three different formulations, but I am only going to be focusing on the first two for this paper. These theories, in my opinion, are too demanding of us and irrational. You cannot categorize everything as he did because it’s an unreliable method. Kant sees everything in black and white and the world is too complex to be divided into that, there is a lot of grey area to be accounted for as well. We are complex beings with the ability to rationalize and to analyze us with these formulations seems kind of outlandish. I think there needs to be more room for error. The outcome of these principles will not always be the same or accurate, proving they are inconsistent.
The first formulation is based upon a universal law of nature. Act only on that maxim whereby thou canst at the same time will that it should become a universal law . I believe that the law of nature relates more to a posteriori rather than a priori. A posteriori is knowledge gained due to experience and a priori is basically common sense. Even though this law is supposed to be viewed as a practical common sense law it doesn’t make sense to justify it as one. We must be able to will that a maxim of our action should be a universal law. How would one know what is right versus wrong? We are not born with the capability of knowing what is deemed acceptable in society until society tells…

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