The Impracticality of Kant's Discussion of Will: Consequences of Actions
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In this paper, I will argue that Kant’s discussion of the will is not always practical because it is the consequences that actually matter, especially in certain situations. The main reason in support of this claim is that everyone is eventually caught in a situation where they have to choose between the lesser of two evils, which means that people should carefully think about all possible outcomes before making decisions.
I. Kant and the Categorical Imperative:
It is generally understood that society would tear itself apart if people suddenly stopped following a few fundamental laws; such as, arson, theft, and murder. In addition to these basic guidelines, most people tend to follow a set of moral rules that involve respect,…show more content…
With this in mind, Kant’s Grounding for the Metaphysics of Morals is an instruction manual that describes how a rational person ought to act.
The first thing to remember is that actions are important when discussing the works of Kant because he not only placed more emphasis on intentions than consequences, but he also believed that it is the person’s character that determines the rightness of an action. As a matter of fact, Kant was more interested in the actions people ought to perform because he thought the only purpose in life was happiness (Kant, G.M.M. Sec. 2, p. 26). With this in mind, Kant believed that people only act within reason when they choose to engage in activities that they do not want to do since their good will has to override their desires (Kant, G.M.M. Sec. 1, p. 7). For example, a responsible university student will study for their exams instead of getting drunk. Generally speaking, Kant is all about intentions because he considers reason as a tool that logical people use to figure out the best way to achieve their goals (Kant, G.M.M. Sec. 1, p. 9). In addition to Kant’s discussion of people’s character and their intentions, he created the categorical imperative as a way to illustrate his view of morality considering he is not concerned with actions or their intended result (Kant, G.M.M. Sec. 2, p. 26). In other words, Kant is more concerned with the