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Acts Of Kindness Kant Believes
916 wordsTo be beneficent where one can is a duty; and besides this, there are many persons who are so sympathetically constituted that, without any further motive of vanity or self interest, they find an inner pleasure in spreading joy around them and can rejoice in the satisfaction of others as their own work. But I maintain that in such a case an action of this kind, however dutiful and amiable it may be, has nevertheless no true moral worth. Kant is stating that when the opportunity arises to be help...
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Benjamin Franklin Youngest Son
1,678 wordsFranklin's memoirs, his Autobiography, project a Benjamin Franklin who is a highly self-conscious individual able to reason himself into a life of self-control, self-improvement, virtue, and multifaceted success. To what successful ends does this Franklin apply himself? Some may argue that Franklin takes no action but that which ultimately benefits himself. This paper argues, however, that the Franklin we see in the Autobiography-as author, as boy, and as young man-is not merely self-serving (in...
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Quality Of Life Sanctity Of Life
990 wordsBIRT: The Individual ought to Value the Sanctity of Life above the Quality of Life Each person possesses an inviolability founded on justice that even the welfare of society as a whole cannot override. It is because I so strongly concur with this quote by Joseph Throw, that I compelled to affirm todays resolution; be it resolved that the individual ought to value the sanctity of life above the quality of life. Before moving on, I would like to define a few key terms that clearly pertain to the r...
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Lottery Ticket Moral Worth
962 wordsIn our lives, it is important to exercise self-command. However, we should not be so concerned with the future that we stifle the present. The question becomes what balance should we strike between self-command and risks? What kinds of risks are acceptable or unacceptable? In this essay, we will use two examples of risks to show the distinction between the two and arrive at a conclusion as to the balance one should have between risk and self command. The first example we will use is of a person ...
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Differences Between Men Twenty First Century
1,891 wordsEvery year an estimated 25 - 35 million animals are subjected to painful and cruel testing in laboratory experiments. These experiments are performed to better the health of human beings by means of research. Many of these non-human animals are put through tests that you would not wish on your worst enemy. Many wonder if the means justify the ends in these particular experiments. Controversy occurs when there is a perception that the animals being used in the experiments are subjected to cruel, ...
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Duty And Reason As The Ultimate Principle Kant
1,385 wordsDuty and Reason as the Ultimate Principle: Kant Kant claims that only actions from duty have moral worth. In other words, actions from motives other than duty deserve no positive moral evaluation. I like and agree with Kant's view because I believe that a good will makes a good person. I also believe we have all been put on this earth to do our duty. We should do our duty just for duty alone; we should not be concerned about anything else. I will begin by discussing Kant's distinction between wh...
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Morally Permissible Mary Anne
1,383 wordsThe fundamental question that most philosophers agree on when discussing abortion is, How do you determine the humanity of a being (Noonan, p. 117)? Or, in other words, when does a being acquire a right to life? The answer to these questions will determine when it is, if ever, morally acceptable to abort a fetus. There are many different answers varying from one extreme to another. Conservatives believe that infants acquire their rights to life at the moment of conception while the liberals feel...
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Morally Justified Greatest Happiness
1,084 words... virtue of being a person the doctor had rights, dignity, and intrinsic moral worth, as well as value. Hence, killing the doctor would be the wrong thing to do and through Kant that action is not morally justified, since the moral law demands that we treat others as ends in themselves, and never as mere means to other ends. In other words, you should always treat other rational beings (persons) as having absolute moral worth, or as the ultimate ends of action. This I will call the principle o...
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Good Or Bad Categorical Imperative
1,154 wordsIn the Foundation of the Metaphysics of Morals, the author, Immanuel Kant, tries to form a base by rejecting all ethical theories that are connected to consequences, and then focusing on our ethical motivations and actions. Kant wants to derive good characters out of contingently right actions. He believes that everything is contingent (everything can have good or bad worth, depending on how it is used). So he is trying to find the supreme principal of morality in all his reasoning. Kant also be...
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Kant And Kierkegaard Moral Imperatives Freedom
794 wordsKant and Kierkegaard For both Kierkegaard and Kant the moral and spiritual center is how I, as a particular, express myself through convention. For both, the structure of pre-established humanity is strikingly similar: freedom, integrity, and trust in (or respect for) an absolute are virtues that define a fully human self, at home in a conventional matrix. To become truly moral, Kant requires that our motives reflect Reasons categorical imperatives. Kierkegaard finds the transcendental locus of ...
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Knowledge And Experience Aspects Of Human
1,497 wordsThe Categorical Imperative Applied to a False Promise In the Foundations of the Metaphysics of Morals, Kant seeks to establish the supreme principle of morality (Kant. 392), the categorical imperative, to act as a standard to which actions can be evaluated for their moral worth. Kant believes that actions motivated by personal experience, whether through observation, indoctrination or some other capacity, lack moral worth because such actions are not determined by the conception of moral law. Wh...
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Sense Of Duty Kant
3,239 words? The only acceptable motive for a moral action is that it should be done as a sense of moral duty. ? Is this a justifiable claim? Before it is possible to analyse whether the statement, ? The only acceptable motive for a moral action is that it should be done as a sense of moral duty, ? is a justifiable claim we must consider what ones moral duty is and if is it dependant or independent on the consequence of its action? For example we could state ones moral duty is never to lie. It is popularly...
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Means To An End Peace Of Mind
1,127 wordsKan The principle of private happiness states that an individual? s prosperity is weighed in proportion to that person? s good conduct. In short, one? s peace of mind is empirically measured by how virtuous one is towards others and to himself. Kant? s objection to ethical theories that use this idea emanates from the fact that it extends human reason, one that determines good will and good conduct, outwards instead of inwards, reason being automatic, inherent in an individual. The above doctrin...
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Law Of Nature Categorical Imperative
1,607 wordsMeets Patel Philosophy Immanuel Kant Immanuel Kant is one of the most influential philosophers in the history of western philosophy. His contributions to metaphysics, epistemology, ethics, and aesthetics have had a profound impact on almost every philosophical movement that followed him. Immanuel Kant s moral philosophy centers around the notion of the good will. Kant believes the good will is the faculty of acting according to a conception of law. He believes we control however, what is the wil...
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Quality Of Life Sanctity Of Life
1,001 wordsBIRT: The Individual ought to Value the Sanctity of Life above the Quality of Life? Each person possesses an inviolability founded on justice that even the welfare of society as a whole cannot override. ? It is because I so strongly concur with this quote by Joseph Throw, that I compelled to affirm today? s resolution; be it resolved that the individual ought to value the sanctity of life above the quality of life. Before moving on, I would like to define a few key terms that clearly pertain to ...
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