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Critical Response to Kant's Moral Philosophy

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We all know that people behave in way that they call morale at least some of the time, morality is a think we do it and we talk about it so what’s the best way to try to understand. In this topic I am writing about how he’s trying to prove to us that we perform out action for moral reason. How should we act, what’s right and what is not, how Kant want us to think?

The only thing that is good without qualification is the Good will, the will to do the right thing, everything else can be used for good or evil but the will to do good is always good, consider a bartender that gets a new customer, he can give him the wrong change and save a some money but he didn’t he gave the customer the correct change, in this situation Kant asks why did he do that, if he did it because he was afraid of getting caught or just because it’s make him happy well then that’s not a genuinely a good action because it was not motivating by the good will, it was motivated by the desire to getting something else, for Kant it’s not the consequence of your action that matter so much as you do them for the right reasons, the only genuinely good action are the ones that you do purely out of a respect for the moral law.

Doing what somebody else tell us to do can’t be good because whether it’s God, parents or whoever if we are just following orders we are not acting from the goodwill we’re just acting in anticipation of some reward or punishment, good will has to come from us that’s why moral reasons are so powerful and have such hold on us it’s because they actually come from us.

Morality is a system of rules that we place on ourselves, the respect of rules comes as a results of being a member of a group, so i respect the rules of fencing because I am a professional fencer, I respect the rules of my country because i am a citizen. Being able to listen to reasons mean being rational and Kant thought that part of being able to do that is that there are some reasons that we cannot ignore and that they apply for everyone.

Kant is not saying that we should only do something if it will be good for everyone to do, that is not what he’s saying, if everybody stole stuff all the time the world will be a pretty rotten place to live but that’s not why can’t think we shouldn’t steal he says that we should only act if it makes senses for us to will everybody to act in the same way for example lying, sometimes we might want to tell a lie but living in a world where everybody is constantly lying will break down the concept of truth would break down, nobody will trust each other and in such a world i don’t want to lie because it wouldn’t get me many advantage.

First of all I disagree with Kant about saying that you can never have a good reason to act immorally because it’s possible to make an immoral choice for moral reasons for example if i lived in Nazi Germany, it would make sense to lie about the location of people in hiding to an officer who would want to exploit or kill those people.

Second I agree with Kant that following people orders blindly can’t be good because we are not acting from the good will but on the other hand if we understand and we agreed what the other want us to do then in this case it can be good.

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