Thursday, November 20, 2014
Kant on Moral Actions (Post 3/4)
Now that I’ve covered all of the Kantian ethics, here are some criticisms to his very controversial ethical theories and guidelines for judging one’s acts as moral or immoral. One criticism that was mentioned in Philosophy the Basics was that Kantian ethics only provided the framework in showing the structure of moral judgment. It’s never brought to light what someone should do if two duties conflict with each other. A similar criticism was that parts of his ethical theories seem to justify some absurd actions. That follows along the same path as what to do if two duties conflict with each other. Another criticism, which is probably the most common criticism many people, such as myself, share is that some certain emotions, such as remorse, guilt, and compassion, play major roles into whether an act is immoral or moral. Many people actually categorize these emotions as distinctive moral emotions, or in other words these emotions are there to specifically help us act in a more moral way. The final criticism that I will address is about not taking consequences into account when deciding whether an act was morally right or wrong. While it isn’t always right to place blame on someone who didn’t intentionally mean to mess something up or do someone/something harm, some consequences of acts, whether intentional or not, still can’t and shouldn’t be overlooked. These criticisms are some of the more common criticisms to Kantian ethics. Now, for my final post, I would like to discuss what drew me to report on Kantian ethics and how I agree and disagree with some of the aspects in it.
To Be Continued…
If you click this link, http://podcasts.ox.ac.uk/keywords/kant , it will take you to the University of Oxford’s podcasts and it is all podcasts on Kant, but number 6 is the one that most relates to my topic!! Enjoy!