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In contrasting the views of Immannuel Kant and John Stuart Mills I have found the information to be In John Stuart Mills principles of utility he believed that whatever produced the greatest amount of happiness over unhappiness making sure that we give equal consideration to the happiness and unhappiness of everyone to be affected by our actions Mills believed that happiness is defined as pleasure and absence of pain Mills further believes that pleasure and freedom from are the only things desireable as ends In Mills beliefs he explains two methods applying to utility they were the way our actions applied to individual acts and the way we apply the principles to rules rather than acts Utilitarianism can be defined as a moral philosophy that considers the principle of utility to be the one basic moral principle In the philosophies of Immanuel Kant he developed the idea of Kantian respect which basically said Dont use people merely as a means to your own end or in other words do not use people for your own gain this does not apply to persons who also benefit from your actions such as a lawyer waitress nurse or other professional whom also benefits monetarily by your actions According to Kant all imperitives except the supreme principle of mortality is hypothetical A categorical imperative is a command that applies to all rational persons independently of their decisions Kants three formulations of a categorical imperative can be defined as follows the first is to never act in such a way that I would not The second formulation refers to the maximum which can be defined by the thought I someone hurts me I will hurt them back Therefore stating that my maximus should be universal law The third and final formulation is the idea of the will of every rational being as making universal law
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