Plato's Moral Goodness In Plato And Kant

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Hatice Çayır 2012202009 Phil 341 THE MORAL GOODNESS IN PLATO AND KANT Ethics, as a one of the main branchs of philosophy, has many concerns. Some of the problems it deals with has been dissolved, some of them still need to be examined. Besides all changes in the subjects of ethics, the idea of the good has been preserved its importance throughout history of philosophy and remain as an indescribable subject. In different periods, different philosophers concentrate on the idea of good from different perspectives. Nonetheless, they have carried similarities while considering on some topics such as ; the qualification of good, whether the good is intrinsically good or what makes an action good. Among them, Plato and Kant are two philosophers who lived in very distict time but have something in commen regarding the idea of good. While these two…show more content…
From this aspect, he shows similarity to the Plato, since Plato also gives importance to the rational side of human. However, reaching moral goodness is not possible for everyone in Plato, whereas, Kant makes an assumption that each individual has the capacity of establishing their own morality system by themselves. This process of constructing moral system for everyone includes bringing some restrictions to the free will. Kant investigates a doctrine which can turn a will into a moral will: ‘’But what kind of law can that be, the representation of which must determine the will, even without regard for the effect expected from it, in order for the will to be called good absolutely and without limitation.’’ In order to answer this question he proposes that making our action consistent with the

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