Project #18400 - Final Paper Essay

The essay should engage directly with the questions posed by the philosophical problem or thinker you are considering. Support your response using material drawn from the readings (where appropriate) and by devising illustrative examples and counter arguments of your own. Be sure to use a good amount of paraphrase, summary, and quotation of primary texts to help develop your argument and draw crucial distinctions between the ethical theories you choose to analyze.
You will be evaluated primarily on your grasp of the philosophical issue or theory in question, the cogency of your argument, and the concision and clarity with which you express it (this means grammar, mechanics, and style all count). Essays should be 5 pages in length (no more, no less), double-spaced (using 12-point font with 1-inch margins), and conform to MLA format

 

1)In The Groundwork of the Metaphysics of Morals, Kant proposes three versions ! of the categorical imperative in support of what he calls the supreme principle of morality:

1) Formula of the Universal Law: Act only according to that maxim which you can at the same time will to become a universal law for everyone; !

2) Formula of Humanity as an End: Act in such a way that you treat humanity not merely as a means but as an end in itself.

3) Formula of the Kingdom of Ends: Act in such a way that you legislate universal laws through your maxims. 

 

Accordingly, Kant believed that certain actions – lying, theft, deceitful promises, cheating, murder, suicide – were morally impermissible under any circumstances.

Defend Kant’s moral absolutism by applying any one formulation of the categorical imperative to one of these examples or to an example of your own. You’ll first need to explain the philosophical basis for Kantian deonotological ethics, then explain the moral reasoning behind the categorical imperative you’re working with, and finally apply it to a hypothetical scenario that you devise on your own. After that, provide two objections to your argument from a utilitarian perspective. In conclusion, offer a direct reply to these objections in which you reaffirm your argument for the validity of Kant’s supreme principal of morality.

Subject Philosophy
Due By (Pacific Time) 12/02/2013 04:00 am
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