Categorical Imperative Of Immanuel Kant

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Immanuel Kant was a famous German philosopher (1724-1804). His many philosophical writings influenced large population from all over the world. Even today, his works still form a major point of reference in research carried out in the modern world. His writings had a strong base such that they brought a new dimension in religion, law and history. Although all his writings were popular but Metaphysics of Morals was very influencing. Kant argued that our desires and emotions are categorically imperative, which means that they are conscience driven. His philosophy is closely related to the golden rule. It which states that an individual should always act in accordance to the outcome that will give him/her the best outcome, while Kant’s categorical imperative rule argues that actions must be universal for them to be classified as either moral or immoral. Through Kant’s categorical imperative we can distinguish between our…show more content…
In his book he describes an example - if bullying a lonely child produces pleasure as opposed to happiness which is a result of virtues, then it is ok and justified to do so. Hence, as per his theory an individual should not be held responsible for his/her actions, but the emotions involved should be said to be responsible. Since our emotions guide our actions, we should not be held responsible for our emotions because more often we act out of emotion, more than out of reason.
Mill and Kant happen to share many similarities in their theories. One of the major similarities between the both philosophers is that they both seem to agree that morality is always stimulated by something, it does not just happen. What they feel is the driving force behind morality is what differs because while Mill feels morality is all about gratification, Kant feels that morality is all about duty to humanity, which is a difference between the two in
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