Maria Pineda Kant Believed that a promise no matter how big or small was a binding contract if the other accepted the offer, meaning the person being offered also acquired something to be theirs, Saying that offeror promised to do or perform this act. He also believes everyone should value themselves. We have perfect duties to avoid damaging, interfering or misusing the ability to make decisions. Most Importantly no Lying. In Kantian Promises Hold a very big moral value, therefore breaking said promise is Immoral in his eyes. It is the duty of said person who made that promise to keep it, to value their morals. I agree with Kantâ€™s theory to a certain extent, I am a person who absolutely hates lying. According to Kant if a murderer goes to your home looking for your friend (that you are currently hiding) and The killer asks is your friend here, you must tell him the truth; Why would you tell the killer and risk the death of your friend?. Then your friend’s blood would be on your hands, in my opinion. I understand his theory, but not to the extent that it would cost someone their life. I do believe there’s certain things you must not tell someone in order for Justice to prevail. Sometimes a lie can save someones life, we must take that into consideration, it also might save yours.
Author: Maria Perez Date: Sunday, June 19, 2022 9:49:45 AM EDT Subject: Topic C . Maria I Perez. Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Immanuel Kant is among the most significant moral philosophers and a deontologist who sees the rightness of action not from the consequences of the action but from its right-making characteristics or nature (Vaughn 131). According to Immanuel Kant, breaking a promise or lying is immoral. The following essay tends to disagree with Kantâ€™s statement that breaking a promise or lying is immoral. The essay will also describe a scenario where one ought to lie or break a promise.Kant employs the categorical imperative, citing that not lying and not breaking a promise are perfect duties as they â€œabsolutely must be followed without failâ€ (Vaughn 132). According to Kant, this implies that there is no exception for lying or breaking a promise. Kant also suggests that it is wrong to break a promise or to lie since doing so would mean using â€œpeople merely as a means to an end rather than as an end in themselvesâ€ (Vaughn 134). I tend to disagree with Kantâ€™s moral theory since there are situations in which one ought to lie to save a situation that would otherwise be worsened by telling the truth.There are scenarios where one ought to lie or break a promise, especially when one has to lie to save a life. For example, when a thief has just entered your house and asks specifically for your mother and your mother is in the place, you may lie to save her from being killed or robbed by the thief. When the thief asks for your mother, one has only two options (to say she is not in or to say she is in). Telling the truth would put the mother’s life in danger, while lying would save her. Kant in this scenario would say that the truth should be told as the rightness of an action does not lie in the consequences of the action. Moral common sense would point out that it would be more important to lie to save a life than, to tell the truth.
References.Vaughn, L. (2021). Doing Ethics (6th ed.). W. W. Norton & Company.