Morality and Law

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It is often understood that of the strengths of the moral theory of deontology is that it supports the notion of individuals having rights. Further looking at this idea of individuals having rights through the specific moral theory of Deontology; we also see that Kantian deontology supports the notion of individuals having rights. If we look at one of the many maxims that has been listed by Immanuel Kant, we see that one of his maxims states that we should never use the someone or something as a means to a further end but appreciate them as the end itself.

This idea of the maxim provides a reply to the charge against consequentialism (utilitarianism) which only cares and prioritizes the general good over and above everything/everyone and this may lead to the violation of the rights for individuals. Deontologists view on individuals having rights goes on to say that it is never justifiable to override the rights of anyone even if by losing the the rights for individuals, it will lead to the good for the majority. Through the moral theory of deontology, looking it at through the lenses of Immanuel Kant, we see that the path of individuals having rights is via the notion of treating people with respect, dignity and not as a mean to a further end. Through this moral theory we see that individuals are autonomous and we can choose how to act and this aspect makes morality possible which further augments to the idea of individuals having rights.

This idea of individuals having rights through the moral theory of Deontology; through the views of Immanuel Kant is of vital importance both legally and morally. Looking at this from a legal perspective we see that through the European Convention of Human Rights, internationally the need ...

... middle of paper ... a duty towards other can be further developed, if we analyze this idea we can see that this idea mentioned runs along with the moral theory of Deontology, when we think of having a duty towards others; we immediately think of individual acts being carried out and this can therefore be deemed moral or immoral by a deontologist or anyone else who looks at each and every act to determine the morality of an act. As a supporter of the theory of deontology, we can easily find out if the act is moral or immoral and by doing this we can draw a distinct line which shows that the moral theory of Deontology supports the idea of individuals have rights. Individuals also may have the ability to bestow rights over others if they have the power to do so, through this thought we can see that there is a link between the idea of duty or obligation and individuals having rights.
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