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Kant Moral

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All functioning societies have a code of morals that are established to distinguish what is right and wrong. This code of morals relates to almost everything in societies such as government strategy, laws and tradition. These understood and shared morals are the base of the community because without them the society would fall apart, morals are part of our lives every day and they keep order and maintain fairness. Although many ethics can be accepted by all many are not. Emmanuel Kant and John Stuart Mill are a great example of this because they represent two of the most accepted ideas. Kant, who believes in absolutism and Mill supports utilitarianism both use morality as a principle that is the focal point of their theories. Kant puts a lot of trust in human’s ability to apply reason in our lives to build choices. He believes that our reason is not new; this is the base of his beliefs. Kant’s philosophy tells us that our pure reason is completed up by our intentions, which makes it clean (only using reason). This trust in human’s capability to use reason is one of the key principles that are in the middle of absolutism and utilitarianism. Kant believes that an impartial outlook is wanted for all considerations of morality. He said that all people must agree that law is morally correct and that because of this it must have the greatest degree of necessity. This puts a strong emphasis on impartial thought. This means that the foundation for the absolutism of moral laws cannot not be seen through individual reasoning. Which I believe is a very strong idea; individual reasoning does not show what is best for all people but only for the minority. With all people agreeing that a law is morally correct we are able to see what is right for the majority and then place it at a different level of importance. The belief that good will is directly related to the idea of reason. Through this a division is drawn between inclination and morality. For good will to actually be good...


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