Immanuel Kant Biographry

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Deepa Wassenberg MGMT 338 Business Etbics January 29 2013 Immanuel Kant: Contribution to Business Ethics Immanuel Kant was born on April 22, 1724 at Konigsberg, East Prussia. Kant lost his parents quite early in life. He also suffered some physical deformity, which made his stature noticeably small. Immanuel Kant was generally regarded as the last major philosopher of the early modern period and one of history's most influential thinkers. His ethical theories were presented in two works. The Foundations of the Metaphysics of Morals (1785) was Kant's "search for and establishment of the supreme principle of morality." In The Critique of Practical Reason (1787) Kant attempted to unify his account of practical reason. Kant was the major proponent in history of what is called deontological ethics. Deontology is the study of duty. “The theory of deontology states that we are morally obliged to act in accordance with a certain set of principles/rules regardless of the outcome.” On Kant's view, the sole feature that gives an action moral worth is not the outcome that is achieved by the action, but the motive that is behind the action. (Plato). Kant’s ethical theories revolve around personal duty to make one’s actions produce a moral value and respect for other people. In the business and stakeholders context, Kant’s principle of respect for persons asserts that every human being is entitled to be treated not merely as a means to the achievement of the efforts of others, but as a being valuable in his or her own right; that each person is entitled to be respected as an end in himself or herself. The principle of respect for other people recognizes that a person is an autonomous moral agent who has his or her own desires and the free will to act upon the fulfillment of those desires. No person has the right to demean another person’s desires or rob him or her off
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