Kant 's Philosophy Of Ethics And Moral Reasoning

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In his book, “Critique of Practical Reason,” Immanuel Kant outlines his philosophy of ethics and moral reasoning. He introduces the reader to the Fundamental Law of Pure Practical Reason in chapter one of the Analytic. The Universal Law is a categorical imperative, which states: “So act that the maxim of your will could always hold at the same time as a principle in a giving of universal law” (Kant, 1993, p. 30). Like other nonconsequentialists, Kant is much more concerned with the motive behind an action, rather than the outcome of that action when deciding the action’s morality. This avenue of thinking is still very relevant today, over 200 years after Kant first shared his treatises through his writings. Today’s college students can be taught to evaluate whether their actions are moral by examining the motives behind their actions using Kant’s philosophy through judicial affairs and community civility programming, and service learning on college campuses. Most college campuses have some type of protocol for maintaining community civility and overseeing student discipline. Higher education administrators could use Kantian ethics to influence student moral reasoning. Students could be encouraged to weigh their actions according to Universal Law. If everyone committed the same action what would be the outcome? A student who was caught drinking alcohol and acting raucously could then be asked to evaluate the morality of their actions according to what would happen if all…
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