Categorical imperative

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  • Categorical Imperatives Of Utilitarianism

    lives being taken, then the action is moral. Since it is impossible to know how many lives were saved in this mission, looking at the short-term effect, sending the rocket was not morally right. Kantian Ethics: Case One: According to Kantian Ethics, man is superior to all other beings because of his ability to reason. His reason should guide him to choose to do his duty above all else. When this young man was deciding whether or not to detonate the bomb, he should have considered the three Categorical Imperatives. The first stating that one must choose a maxim that they can will to be a Universal Law. Perhaps this young man could will other men like him kill Jews in order to gain eternal happiness. However, the second Categorical Imperative states that men must be treated as an end. In this case, the young man is treating the Jews as a means to an end. There is no need to consider the third Categorical Imperative. The action is morally wrong. Case Two: Using the three Categorical Imperatives, the second case will be examined. First, the maxim is: those who seek to take civilian lives should be killed. Conceivably, this maxim could be willed to be a Universal Law. If innocent life is truly valued, it ought to be protected. Next, human beings are not used as a means. The person firing the rocket is doing his job, along with the Israeli Army, who are seeking to eliminate the terrorist organizations. Finally, the community protected by the Israeli Army can agree that it is…

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  • Categorical Imperative Analysis

    This essay aims to present a formulation of the categorical Imperative called the Humanity Formulation and deem it as a sufficient and plausible condition in determining moral worth. As a deontologist, Immanuel Kant believes that an action's moral worth is determined by the motive rather than the consequences it leads to and the focus of our moral actions should be on duty. This idea, called the categorical imperative, was a central and supreme concept of morality in Kantian ethics. The…

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  • Kant's Categorical Imperative

    The major role and function of Kant’s categorical imperative is basically to define a mechanism and an approach through which an individual can judge and determine if his actions are moral or not (Paton, 1948). In applying his categorical imperative, Kant argues that the fundamental of moral actions or acts are that they are applied and used in a universal manner. In today’s rich cultural as well as diverse community, the need for universality has become highly problematic. The fundamental…

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  • Analysis Of The Categorical Imperative

    Reduce morality to a usable system. If you lived in line with the categorical imperative you are moral. There is only one imperative which is act in accordance with the thing you want to become a universal law. Some have boiled this idea down into saying it simply is the golden rule, do to others what you would have them do to you. This is certainly an over simplification of Kant 's thought but I do believe it captures the essence of it and it makes it much easier to understand. Once the…

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  • Categorical Imperative Argument

    Portrayals of men and women in the media or advertising Is the sexual objectification of men and women portrayed in media advertising, morally just? In the effort to argue the question at hand is Kants theory of morality that is chosen, the Categorical Imperative that leads to the notion of universality, rather than the position of Utilitarianism. Barring that, the attempt to explain Kants’ theory of morality, “as having a reputation of being quite difficult and confusing, as stated by…

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  • Immanuel Kant Categorical Imperative

    understanding of it. Immanuel Kant, an eighteenth-century German philosopher, devoted his elevated thinking to the concept of morality. In his 1797 work “Metaphysics of Morals,” Kant provides a clarifying basis of the principles of ethics, allowing subsequent philosophers to continue his thoughts. Good will, duty, and the hypothetical and categorical imperative are defined by Kant; he expands on these fundamental concepts and truly provides a groundwork for a branch of ethics philosophy.…

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  • Kant's Categorical Imperative Essay

    Kant’s categorical imperative is an ethical rule, that does not depend on circumstances, whose job is to tell us who we are. My ethical philosophy based on Kant’s categorical imperative has always been to be happy and true to myself. My personal ethical maxim, on the other hand, has always been to be considerate and kind to those around me. I was taught since an early age Aristotle 's fairness philosophy, treating equals equally and unequals unequally. My parents and siblings taught me to…

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  • Categorical Imperative

    Question: Can we distinguish between using a person as an end in itself from using a person as a means to an end? Main Position: Yes, we can distinguish between using a person as an end in itself and using a person as a means to an end. (First level of reasoning) Main Reason 1 According to Kant, morality should be based on categorical imperative. Main Reason 2 The focus on intentions to see if an action is moral or not. Main Raison 3 Rejection of the consequentialist theories…

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  • Categorical Imperative Case Study

    Examining the effects of DLC on the video-game industry from the approach of Kant’s Categorical Imperative yields a slightly different conclusion. Kant’s Categorical Imperative states that one should act only on rules that they would be willing to see everyone follow, treat every human as an end and not a means to the end, and consider every rational being as a maker of universal law. Based on this approach, the effects of DLC are mixed. The more traditional approach to DLC, where it is…

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  • Universalizability In Kant's Categorical Imperative

    Kant's first formulation of the Categorical Imperative is that of universalizability. When someone acts, it is according to some rule, or maxim. For Kant, an act is only permissible if one is willing for the maxim that allows the action to be a universal law by which everyone acts. Maxims fail this test if they produce either a contradiction in conception or a contradiction in the will when universalized. Kant believes that all moral judgments must be universalizable. That is, if we say that…

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