Kant Research Task

How does Immanuel Kant think you decide right from wrong?

Keywords: Categorical Imperative, ends, means, duty, universalise.

11 thoughts on “Kant Research Task

  1. Kant thinks you can tell right from wrong by asking yourself if the action you are about to do corresponds to a universal law. So if you want to do something that would not be good for everyone worldwide to engage in then that action is wrong.
    He also thinks we should never use people for our own benefit and we should think of the benefit of others as a main goal preceding every action we do.
    The last idea of Kant’s to distinguish right from wrong is a combination of the two other ideas. If we were to pass laws that were to be followed by people worldwide the ones that we would not pass would therefore be considered a wrong action.

  2. i found this very hard because i couldent find anything that was useful and had information i understood

  3. I found the website “KANTIAN ETHICS” most useful because it explained everything clearly. It wasn’t just a massive chunk of text. It set out the pints in a clear and ordered way.

  4. http://www.csus.edu/indiv/g/gaskilld/ethics/Kantian%20Ethics.htm
    really clear with definitions of each part of the ethic
    clear as well

    act in a way that could be applied as a universal law: I will not steal, so everyone will not steal.
    if you help others but take pleasure from it, it’s wrong eg if you help people with their homework to get them to like you, it is the wrong thing even if you are helping them…don’t use people

  5. http://www.iep.utm.edu/kantmeta/
    Immanuel Kant thought that you should only follow moral rules if they would apply to everyone, not just yourself. He also thought that you should never treat people as a way to achieve your goals, and that you should treat everyone as equally important.

  6. http://www.bbc.co.uk/ethics/introduction/duty_1.shtml
    Kant’s Categorical Imperative
    There are two versions of this which emphasise different aspects of this, one is that moral rules must universalisable which is that you should act in a way that everyone else in the world agrees that that act is the right one and everybody else would act that way in the same situation. The other is that moral rules must respect human beings. All people should be free and treated equally and should never be used if they are means and not ends like lying to them to get what you want and treating them as if they were an inanimate object. Kant also thought that duty was also important so actions should be done if it was the right thing to do because it was the right thing to do. Kant thought that the only good reason for doing something was because of duty so if you acted in any other way, it would have not been the right moral action.

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