scroll to top
Stuck on your essay?
Get ideas from this essay and see how your work stacks up
Word Count: 1,351
Ethics can be defined as the conscious reflection on our moral beliefs with the aim of improving extending or refining those beliefs in some way Dodds Lecture 2 Kantian moral theory and Utilitarianism are two theories that attempt to answer the ethical nature of human beings This paper will attempt to explain how and why Kantian moral theory and Utilitarianism differ as well as discuss why I believe Kants theory provides a more plausible account of ethics Immanuel Kants deonotological ethical theory assesses if actions are moral based on the persons will or intention of acting Kants theory can be categorized as a deonotological because actions are not assessed to be morally permissible on the basis of consequences they produce but rather on the form of the agents will in acting Dodds Lecture 7 therefore his actions are based on duty and not consequential Kantianism is based on three principles maxims willing and the categorical imperative Kant states that a maxim is a general rule or principle which will explain what a person takes himself to be doing and the circumstances in which he takes himself to be doing it Feldman 1999 201 It is important that this principle be universalisable and that the maxim can be applied consistently to everyone that encounters similar situations therefore willed as a universal law The second aspect of Kants theory is willing This involves the agent consistently committing oneself to make an action occur He states that In general we can say that a person wills inconsistently if he wills that p be the case and he wills that q be the case and its impossible for p and q to be the case together Feldman 1999 203 The last aspect of Kants theory is the categorical imperative The importance of the categorical imperative is that one must act in such a way that they can will that the maxim behind ones actions can be conceived as part
@Kibin is a lifesaver for my essay right now!!
- Sandra Slivka, student @ UC Berkeley
Wow, this is the best essay help I've ever received!
- Camvu Pham, student @ U of M
If I'd known about @Kibin in college, I would have gotten much more sleep
- Jen Soust, alumni @ UCLA