Ovid, an Ancient Roman poet, wrote “don’t delight in curling your hair with tongs” in regard to how to look in public places (PSR 58). The fact that he, a Roman, advocated remaining unadorned in appearance reveals simplicity because the most basic form of societal living was supported by not “delighting” in unnecessarily beautifying oneself. The Han concept of filial piety centralizes on respecting your elders and those who are superior to you (Presentation Society and Culture). As a result, the side of honesty that deals with fairness in conduct is brought out by filial piety because of the respectful treatment of other people required by it.
What does it mean to be honest? The Canterbury Tales features characters from all walks of life, with reputations to match. A key part in determining their admirability is how truthful they are. People who are honest, such as the Knight and the Parson, are worthy of praise, and those who are not, such as the Nun and the Monk, are worthy of scorn. Honesty is more than telling the truth, it means having integrity.
If we were all less self-centered, and more mindful of others feelings, there would be less hurt in the world. According to Kant’s idea, humans should not be treated as “means to an end”, but rather as “ends in themselves” (Weston p.51). We should not use one another to help ourselves, rather to see them as individuals that can help each
I hope to convince the reader that Kant’s Categorical Imperative is the better way to live a morally conscious life and more practical to follow as well. First I will briefly describe both Kant’s and Mill’s principles. Then I will go on to explain the advantages and disadvantages of both. Finally, I hope to provide a counterargument for some of Kant’s Categorical Imperatives downfalls. Kant states the Categorical Imperative as: "Act as if the maxim of your action were to become through your will and general natural law."
“If civilization is to survive, it is the morality of altruism that people must learn to reject.” -Ayn Rand. To be compassionate and unselfish seems to be a noble and magnanimous pursuit. Altruism is admired, it is beautiful, and it is praised.
Deceptive people have a keen way of getting people to give in to their irresistible charisma. In the short story “Good Country People” by Flannery O’Connor, there is a character who shows the reader just how deceptive someone can be. The character’s name is Manley Porter, and he is the antagonist in the story. Throughout the short story Porter shows the reader how he is able to play with his victims. The victim he decides to play is a one legged girl name Hulga, and he shows the audience just what kind of person he truly is. After reading this story one will be warned of the dangers of deception by people who seem to be a good.
A perfect duty is moral truth that must be followed at all times, while an imperfect duty is one that should be followed some of the time depending on the circumstance. Kant expresses that we have perfect duties to respect other’s freedoms and we have a perfect duty to tell the truth. The AHA uses these two duties in their discussions on teaching and the shared values of historians. First off, the AHA states that presenting multiple perspectives on history are parts of the truths of history, therefore according to Kant we have a perfect duty to truth and presenting multiple perspectives. Secondly, the AHA explains the importance of dialogue and respecting opposing viewpoints.
For example, your parents gave you present for your birthday but you don’t like it, in this situation not telling that you don’t like the present will give out maximum utility as it makes them happy. According to Kantianism, we should never treat anyone merely as a mean, which means that you should tell the truth even if it hurts other
Moreover, it expresses a lack of respect for humans as capable of higher quality experiences and disregards the notion that some people are better than others, thereby stating that one’s gift of intimacy should not be shared with just anyone simply for the immediate physical pleasure (Stewart. 146). He argues through Kant’s categorical imperative that a person may not realize they are being misled in the moment due to false gestures of kindness, attention, love, and
Kant’s moral philosophy stands on the notion of good will, an intrinsic good which is perceived to be so without qualification, independent of any external factors. Thus, he dismisses other values that could be taken as good in themselves, such as happiness, honesty, courage, trust etc. as they have worth only under specific conditions, whereas in others they could be transposed into bad acts. For example, trust is necessary for one to be able to manipulate others, one must have courage to be able to
If a person is acting in accordance with duty, they feel inclined to do something, not that it is their duty to do it. A person who is giving to others in accordance with duty, could possibly be doing it because everyone else is and they want to protect their reputation. This person would give to others for the recognition, to be praised or simply because everyone else is giving. A person who is giving in accordance with duty is likely doing it because they feel inclined to or for self-interested reasons. In the case of the philanthropists, both people that Kant describe are acting from duty.