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Duty 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 Kants 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 Kants distinction between what is good merely as a means to an end and what is intrinsically good or good in itself A good will is not good because of what it accomplishes it is good through its willing alone Contrary to some peoples belief to be healthy wealthy or happy does not guarantee that a person is morally praiseworthy Many people object to this statement because these characteristics are good features of human nature and benefits of a good life However they have value only under appropriate conditions since they may be used either for good or for evil For example Hitler had all these characteristics but he had an ill will Thus he was undeniably not a good person Therefore these characteristics do not make the possessor a good person I will use Bill Gates as another rebuttal to the objection I mentioned earlier Bill Gates has been the richest man in America for a few years He undoubtedly has more money than he will ever spend but just recently has started to donate some of his money to charity Some people would say he donates money because he has a good will and therefore he is a morally good person But did Bill Gates really donate money because he had a good will No I feel he gave money to charity because of social pressure
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