The Principle Of Non Rational Beings Essay

1259 Words Sep 29th, 2015 6 Pages
When two groups of people coexist it is possible that one group can become subjected by the other. But is it possible for a society based on reason to take over the non-reasonable group? In Kant’s ideal a “kingdom of ends” the kingdom is ruled by Kantian rational human beings (Kant, pg 36). The question then becomes ‘what is the purpose of non-rational beings?’ What rights would be given to the hodgepodge of living beings? I will explore the basics of Kantianism and discuss the outcome of the non-rational beings in the kingdom of ends.
Immanuel Kant is one of the great enlightenment philosophers who focused on deontological ethics; Deon being Greek for “duty” and Kantianism being the popular branch of deontological ethics. Kantianism is making ethical choices based solely on “duty”; An action that is committed alongside emotions or ulterior motives does not derive an ethical decision Kant discusses that even an action intended to be in good faith is not considered a moral action if it is not preformed entirely on duty (Kant, pg20).
A moral action is solely built upon the principle of what a person ought to do, such as, if a man has fallen one should help the man recover simply because it is the right thing to do. This is often confused with the golden rule of “treat others as you yourself would like to be treated.” However in Kantianism the rule is “treat people as they ought to be treated” (Burnor and Raley, pg162). It then becomes ones duty to treat people as they ought…

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