Religion and Philosophy Plan

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“Kants categorical imperative does not work in practice” Assess this view Strengths which support this statement are: Maxim 1 is referred to the ‘Formula of the Law of Nature’ by Kant (1724-1804). It claims that one agent’s morality is prescriptive and once they have carried out an action it is universal for the other agents to carry out this action also. Macintyre states “All I need to do us characterise the proposed action in such a way that it will permit me what I want.” This maxim’s am is to lead to the Kingdom Of Ends. However, we all have a subjective interpretation of what is dutiful, for example one agent’s interpretation of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights is different to others. This could overall lead to anarchy which is opposite of the Kingdom Of Ends, an example of this is Hitler and the Holocaust. Maxim 2 is referred to ‘Formula of end in itself’ by Kant. He claims we should “Treat humanity never merely as a means but always at the same time as an end.” In theory this would lead to every agent being treated with rational autonomy and being offered Moral protection; this would stop the minority from being persecuted. This I seen as important as agents are anthropocentric and see humanity as the highest form of creation. However, maxim 2 is too idealistic as it has been tried before for example, communism, thus trying to bring an end to superiority. If this way of living worked in society Roman’s wouldn’t have fed Christian’s to the lions. As there was no form of government anarchy could be the result which would in an antinomian society which Fletcher (1904-1991) describes as ‘’Unprincipled, adhoc and casual”. Maxim 3 says we should treat society as if it’s progressing in a positive direction Kant states we should “Act as if you were through your maxim a law making member of a Kingdom of Ends.” Human beings are sentient so if we are not

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