Essay about Kant´s Theory: Categorical Imperative and its Rules

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“Morality is not the doctrine of how we may make ourselves happy, but how we may make ourselves worthy of happiness”. Two things that are not compatible are what an individual should do and what the individual wants to do. When an individual does what they want to do they end up in a road that will lead them into immediate happiness but will not benefit them in the long run. On the other hand when the individual is doing what they should do it will bring them a feeling of discomfort and unhappiness but will benefit them at the end. The purpose of Kantianism is to tell us that morality is not to make us happy but the whole purpose is to do the right thing just for the sake of doing it. Eventually doing the right thing will lead us to our …show more content…
Will is leading by reasons which forms two imperatives. Imperatives are the “shoulds” in our lives. Hypothetical imperative bring results but has nothing to do with morality. We should not blame or praised if we do not have complete control over the consequences of our actions. Another imperative is categorical, categorical is universal. When having to do decision making if the person does not generalize their behavior without conflict then the decision should not be made.
Kant’s morality is never relative but it is absolute. Kant said that it’s either right all the time or it’s not right at all. When it comes to lying Kant says lying is wrong even when it be used to save someone’s life or to do something that we feel correct like not hurting someone’s feelings. Kant says that doing well for ourselves is not always a good thing also when we do good things we sometimes end up hurting other people without us realizing it.
Kant said that the emotions are not a reliable source when making moral actions because emotions are not stable they are constantly changing. People will disagree on discussing on whether respect is an emotion but Kant states that respect is something completely different than fear or desire.
When given the example of having the opportunely to cheat when knowing that they won’t get cause Kant has his answer. Kant is not a
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