Kant strengths and weaknesses

STRENGTHS AND WEAKNESSES OF KANT AND THE CATEGORICAL IMPERATIVE

STRENGTHS

1. Human beings are morally autonomous, authors of their own morality.

 

 

 

 



2. The categorical imperative promotes equality and is impartial.

 

 

 

 

 

3. The categorical imperative provides a deontological structure which enables the individual to decide for themselves the specific moral content.

 

 

 

 


4. In an increasingly secular age Kant's emphasis on duty plays a significant counter-cultural role in an individualistic, egotistical society.

 

 

 

 

 


5. Kant Values Intrinsic Human Goods e.g. Freedom and Dignity.

 

 

 

 

 


Problems

1. Acting out of a sense of ‘duty for duty's sake' is cold and impersonal.

 

 

 

 

 

2. Duty, without guidance from human benevolence and sympathy, can lead to rigid moral fanaticism.

 

 

 

 

 

3. Implications of Kant's emphasis on reason...the loss of the human spirit?

 

 

 

 


4. Resolving Conflicting Duties...?

 

 

 

 

 

5. Kant is Speciesist.

 

 

 

 


6. The ‘Good will' is not enough... Consequences do matter!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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