The Maxim of Freedom of Expression in the Light of Kant

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The Maxim of Freedom of Expression in Light of Kant Concept The issue of autonomy has for long been viewed as self centered. The critics of autonomy claim that it gives an individual the moral justification to have less use of other individuals. The independent individual is believed to be his own ethical judge and has little or no need of the outside world or the people around him. This paper defends the right of expression of individuals against this critique. The analysis of this critique is based on Kantian concepts. According to Kant, every human being should be free to make independent decisions. According to Kant’s observation, any individual is free to choose their own actions in accordance with the situation around them. This paper examines the maxim of freedom of expression and examines it in light of Kantian concept on autonomy (Wittgenstein, 1922). According to Kant, the autonomous self must act in a way that reflects how they would reason in their action and how others reciprocate this. The Kantian philosophy dictates that one should treat others in a respectful manner and not in a manner that considers others as a means to an end. In short, Kant proposes that you should do unto others what you would want them to do to you (Wittgenstein, 1922). Ideally, the modern day concept of freedom of expression is without doubt a reflection of Kantian autonomy. Freedom of expression is related to, but broader than, the theory of free speech that establishes the American principle of free speech. Without any doubt, the existing link between the current theory of freedom of expression and Kantian autonomy needs to be reinforced in that freedom of expression must be comprehended as comprising of duties. The Kantian theory shows that independence relies upon an attached entity whose very idea of freedom is linked to others and who has duties to
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