• Research/Scholar Paper name – Kant’s Idea of Morality and Ethics – A Deontological perspective in the Contemporary Era
  • Author: Prof.(Dr)Aruna Sri Lakshmi. A
  • Institution: Professor Of Law, Damodaram Sanjivayya National Law University
  • Affiliation: Centre for Study of Contemporary Legal issues
  • Date of Publication: 22/01/2023

Abstract:

This article aims to focus on the relevance of the Immanuel Kant’s, perception of morality, ethics and duty in the contemporary world. Kant, in his philosophy strongly advocates for the ethical theory which is premised on evil cannot produce happiness and that morality is based on a person’s reason. This reason drives a person to act from duty in any situation. Kant terms this duty as deontology. According to Kant, one’s duty is based on categorical imperative. A categorical imperative is an unconditional command. It means that a person acts from reason and that ‘reason’ or action applies to everyone i.e. universally. The article delves into the Kant’s idea  of morality, morality as categorical imperative, the idea of moral person and how application of moral considerations stand as one of the goals of a rational human being. It also deals with how according to Immanuel Kant, moral considerations operate as a unique force, which impose a sense of duty in a person to respect the moral law. Kant firmly states that morality cannot be sacrificed at the altar of happiness. Further, it discusses about the influence of Immanuel Kant’s deontological perception on the contemporary philosophers John Rawls and Robert Nozick on their theories and its significance in the present day.

Kant’s Idea of Morality and Ethics – A Deontological perspective in the Contemporary Era

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