Kantian Moral Theory : Kant 's Philosophy

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Kantian Moral Theory In general, society considers lying to be negative and therefore one should not lie. Telling the truth is the morally right thing to do, and we should always be honest. Telling lies can leave us very stressed out and cause us to be deceitful towards others. We end up distorting ones views and perhaps even our own when we tell a lie that can lead to a snowball effect. Immanuel Kant has some of the strictest views on lying, and some philosophers claim there is something erroneous in his theory. He maintains that telling a lie is a violation of one’s duty to be truthful to everyone and shows a lack of respect. Even though Kant never gives a direct statement about what is a lie, he presents us with the ethics behind the his moral theory. Kant proposes an argument that it still debated about to this day. He claims if a murderer shows up at your door looking for a person that you know the whereabouts of, it is your moral obligation is to tell the murderer where the person is. Although this argument can be argued to be morally correct, one could simply not tell the truth to the murderer, due to human nature. Kant presents us with a strong argument about lying. The problem with Kant’s argument is that he says it is wrong to tell a lie and one should never resort to it. It is one’s duty to always be truthful. Kant says that if one is to tell a lie, then they are violating the duty to themselves. There are two formulas when interpreting Kant 's ethics. The first…

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