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Kant's Moral Philosophy & Aristotle's Moral Virtue

A critique of Utilitarianism & homage to truth-telling.

Ben Hamm

on 26 April 2010

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Transcript of Kant's Moral Philosophy & Aristotle's Moral Virtue

Moral worth is determined by the motive of duty or purpose
Helping others, altruistic (for a certain return) or because it gives the doer pleasure?
Acting freely and acting morally, according to categorical imperative, are one and the same
Kant's Moral Philosophy & Aristotle's Moral Virtue Kant's beliefs limitations Can we be sure that we are capable of acting autonomously?
Will everyone choose the same moral law?
Does everyone live by the Golden Rule?
Would a morally just society need law?

Ex's- The spelling bee hero & President Clinton

Kant would've defended Clinton because he did not lie How about when you were a child? Did you ever do something and mislead your parent so that you wouldn't get in trouble & not lie? Aristotle's Moral Virtue The challenge is doing the right thing "to the right person, to the right extent, at the right time, with the right motive & in the right way" Learning by Doing Laws intend to cultivate the habits that lead to good
Using discernment
Practical wisdom- true capacity to act with regard to the human good
Moral virtue with political implications Ex's- NFL player conduct & The Criminal Justice System By: Ben Hamm
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