Gone, Baby, Gone

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Library Assignment: Kant’s Categorical Imperative (Deontology)
Movie: Gone, Baby, Gone The categorical imperative is something we are fundamentally required to do irrespective of how we feel about doing it, and even if others around us are telling us to do something completely different. In other words, we must always do this. The categorical imperative is also a priority, which means it will always be and have always been morally good. As such, we have a duty to recognize, and accept, its moral validity and finality. This means that the categorical imperative is not good on the basis of any effects or consequences it might produce, or even because someone or something else tell us it is good to do it. It is simply good in itself.
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The second premise, Doyle used Amanda as a means to an end. He did not respect the Amanda’s dignity. He had lost his daughter, victim of a kidnapping, and he needed to fill the loss of his daughter, so he took advantage of the position he had as a police captain to use some detectives to get help. Also, he did not care his job and his reputation, so he took the responsability of the Remy behave, and he quit his job supposedly. In reality, he did it because he wanted to move out of the city with Amanda.
And the third premise, Doyle did not follow a moral conduct which establishes that there is an universal law governing other chief police or any police member to act in the right way in the same circumstances. The universal law in this case forces Doyle to bring back the child to her mother and not kidnap her. He acted as a imperative person because he just took a decision based on his own needs. In conclusion, although at the end of the movie, the director shows Amanda in a situation that Doyle predicted, Doyle did not do the right thing kidnapping the child. He had to respect his duty as a chief police and not to use Amanda to fill the loss of his dead

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