Thursday, January 27, 2011

Justice and Kant

Justice lecture 6 by Harvard University

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Here are my thoughts on the 6th lecture of Justice by Harvard University.
 “A good will isn’t good because of what it effects or accomplishes, it’s good in itself. Even if by utmost effort the good will accomplishes nothing it would still shine like a jewel for its own sake as something which has its full value in itself.”- Immanuel Kant
You must always do what you believe is right because it is an act of being true to yourself. Through doing this you establish a personal connection to morality. Your actions will therefore contain conviction; this is one of the greatest aspects of duty. It is a myth that duty contains obligation. When you follow a course of action that feels unnatural, this is obligation. If it feels unnatural then you were not designed for the role.
“Act only on that maxim whereby you can at the same time will that it should become a universal law.”-Immanuel Kant
This is an act that reveals your own moral growth. Through behaving in a way that you would want others to behave, you are choosing to become an example and you are recognizing the kind of world you would live in, if everyone had your moral code. Do your personal morals contain a focus on the greater good? If everyone had your moral code would you be treated well in the new world that you inhabit? In many ways you exist within your own moral sphere and when you are alone, you need to be comfortable with yourself. Your inner world contains only your morals; it contains no circumstances that can influence those morals.

Justice by Harvard University
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