Explore the Resemblances and Differences Between Kantian and Christian Ethics.
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Viet-Duy PHAM (99563905)
“The starry heavens above me;
The moral law within me.”
- Kant, Immanuel (1724–1804)-
Through ancient times and evolution of history ethics has always been viewed as a center of societies of mankind, embracing practical nature links it with many other areas of study, including anthropology, biology, economics, history, politics, sociology, and theology with the teaching of Western philosophers like Plato, Aristotle, or Asia with the view of Confucius, Lao-tzu or Meng Tzu etc. Yet, “ethics remains distinct from such disciplines because it is not a matter of factual knowledge in the way that the sciences and other branches of inquiry are. Rather, it has to do with determining the nature of normative theories…show more content… And Kant also states every rational action must set before itself not only a principle, but also an end. Which lead to Kant derives second formulation of the categorical imperative: “Act so that you treat humanity, whether in your own person or that of another, always as an end and never as a means...” meaning an act out of goodwill with respects, not act and treat other as a tools or consequences interest benefit, any act in which a person uses another simply for his own pleasure or gain is immoral.
Kantian ethics strive for the “highest good” with basis views that ethics can be derived from pure reason -- and compelled to accept certain codes of conduct. Pure reason, or the way of thinking about something that exists, is contrasted with practical reasoning. Kant determined that imperatives are what one should do, which hold true for all and Categorical imperatives are moral. Where Christian Ethics also strive for the “highest good” the “summum bonum”, but with the some differences views that Christian belief that man exists in freedom, each individual as living as having an individual soul which is of inestimable worth and responsibility before God.
Christianity as in Singer, Peter (1985) explain Christian Ethics derived from Judeo-Christian and ethics are through God’s teaching through scriptures bible, as it related to the Christian perspective, Nelson's Bible