Ethics: Ethics And Ethics Of Kantian Ethics

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Kantian Ethics Kantian ethic is based upon the well-known teaching of the German philosopher, Immanuel Kant. According to Kant, an action has moral worth only if the action is done with the right intentions out of a “sense of duty.” I believe that Kant’s formulation of humanity requires for us human beings to not thread merely as a means to an end. As the saying goes “do unto others as you would have them do unto you. “For Kant, individuals are intelligent beings who has the mental capability to think for themselves and make choices” Despite our choices made, they should be done with a motive right intention, not to appease yourself, or for a reward (MacKinnon). I think that Kantian ethic is based on the principle of morality and it is grounded…show more content…
“Do unto others as you would have others do unto you.” For example, I live comfortably in a mansion but I refuse to assist people who are struggling under great hardship. The maxim here would be that it is permissible not to give help to those who are less fortunate than myself. Kant would argue that no one can consistently will that to become the universal law since the wealthy people among us has the possibility that we ourselves can unfortunately in the future find ourselves in need of the benevolence of others. “Religion is the recognition of all our duties as divine commands.”…show more content…
Kant tells us that lying and killing are always morally wrong. He stated that all people are born with an “intrinsic worth” which he called human dignity. Take for example our presidential candidate, Mrs. Hillary Clinton who is in the news lying about classified email to cover up unethical conflicts of interests while she was Secretary of State. Kant believed that to values ourselves and others instead of means, we have perfect duties to avoid damaging, interfering with or misusing our ability to make free to make free decisions; this means, “no lying!” Kantian ethics tells us that we should “Act to treat humanity, whether ourselves or another, as an end-in-itself and never as a means.” (MacKinnon). Unfortunately for the tragic shooting of Alton Sterling who was shot dead by Baton Rouge police and the tragic massacre by Omar Mateen, the gunman who opened fire on a gay nightclub, killing 50 people in Orlando, Florida. I am in total agreement with Kant because lying and murder are morally wrong, it contradicts the part of us that gives us moral worth and it robs us of the freedom to choose

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