Moral Worth Essay

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In this essay, I will provide support for the idea that the definitions of a morally worthy act and of a moral worthy person as given by Immanuel Kant are incorrect. I will do this by providing real life examples that show a moral act and a moral person as defined by Kant, and an act and person that I believe to be morally worthy There are many questions involving morality and moral worth, such as what makes a person a moral person, what makes an act a moral act, and how does a person obtain moral worth. Immanuel Kant answers some of these questions. Kant says that for one to be a moral person they need a good will. Kant also says that “an action done from duty has its moral worth, not in the purpose that is to be attained by it, but in the maxim according to which the action is determined. The moral worth depends, therefore, not on the realization of the object of the action, but merely on the principle of volition according to which, without regard to any objects of the faculty of desire, the action has been done”(399). This means that the moral worth of an action does not depend on what result the person is trying to bring about, but rather it depends on the reason the person is performing the act. Kant also says that the only reason that would make an act a moral act is duty. Duty can be explained by Kant as “act only according to that maxim by which you can at the same time will that it should become a universal law”, meaning that you should only act in a way that you would want the rest of society to act. Trough out a person’s lifetime they will perform a countless amount of actions, but of those actions, the majority are done from inclination, and not from duty. According to Kant that would mean that no one has great moral worth. I disagree with Kant, because I believe that acts that are done from inclination are more morally worthy as those that are
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