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In this essay I have chosen to compare two opposing theories Immanuel Kants absolutist deontological ethics and Joseph Fletchers relativist situation ethics The deontological ethics focuses on actions made according to duty and the categorical imperative - which shows how acts are intrinsically good or bad The situation ethics state that no act is intrinsically good or bad and that actions should b made according to love From this perspective it looks as thought Kants views were less personal than Fletchers although in actuality both focus on the best outcome for humans Deontological ethics is concerned with actions not consequences To act with good intention but have a bad outcome is still moral Similarly if the intention is bad then it is wrong in all circumstances and situations even if it turns out for the best If benefiting from the act is the motivation for the action it negates any morality from a good deed To be good and act morally is to do ones duty - duty being to obey moral law Two things fill the mind with ever new and increasing admiration and awethe starry heavens above me and the moral law within me Kant 1788 Kant believed that humans know the moral law through reason and without reference it the consequences and that it was part of peoples duty not to be distracted by their emotions If moral law dictates you ought to do something it implies that it can be done as it is not our duty to do the impossible Therefore there is no excuse not to obey natural moral law Kant maintained humans work towards an ultimate end in which human virtue and happiness is brought together and justice prevails This is what is known as the summum bonum As it is impossible to achieve it in this life he said it was reasonable to assume that there would be a next life with God where there is an
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