Introduction to Immanuel Kant’s Theory of Deontology

1382 Words Feb 3rd, 2018 6 Pages
282-319, Question #1&2 on pg. 303

In chapter six of the textbook titled The Moral of the Story we are introduced to Immanuel Kant’s theory of deontology. This theory is one that deals with moral obligations and refers to the decisions that rational beings make when deciding if an action can be accepted through the process of the categorical imperative or not. There are many factors that contribute to this belief however there is also a long list of flaws that play a crucial role in determining whether this theory is one that we can be held accountable or not. In this essay I will evaluate and analyze the statements provided to me at the end of the chapter that deal specifically with Immanuel Kant’s test on the categorical imperative as well as the concept of “a means to an end”.
In the first set of questions listed at the end of chapter six I was encountered with a statement from Emmanuel Kant that revolved around the topic of “good will”. Kant read, “Actions are morally good only if they are done because of a good will” What Kant is saying is that consequences don’t make an action morally good, but on the other hand, good will does. Kant describes good will as a respect for the moral law expressed through ones intentions (Rosenstand, 283). The person must imagine his intentions to be a good thing for all people to practice in general, not because it will make people happy, but rather for the reason being that it is the basic principal…