Deontology Paper

Ethics
PHI 1600
Second Written Assignment
Read chapter 3, watch Week 6 Lecture, and watch the films “Gone Baby Gone” and “Sleepers”. Pick one movie and apply Kant’s moral philosophy to judge the MAIN FINAL action. For “Gone Baby Gone” judge Patrick’s final decision and for “Sleepers” judge the priest’s final decision. Judging any other action in the movie is an automatic zero. 500 words minimum in MLA format. Due on April 11th.
*You must apply Kant’s 3 premises (course materials) for 50 points and Michael Sandel’s 3 contrasts (Week 6 Lecture “Mind your Motive”) for 50 points.
Golden Rule
Maxim: a rule that one person follows
Formula 1“Act only according to that maxim whereby you can at the same time will it should become a universal law”
Morality is a conflict for humans
Human autonomy=freedom to pick and choose
Non-autonomous ethics: religion, gov, etc
Distinction bet/ phenomenal world and Noumenal world
You are subject of activity not an object of activity
Act on principle not on emotions
consequences ARE IRRELEVANT
motives/ good intentions
DUTY/OBLIGATION
Reason determines what we ought to do
Consistency
Making yourself an exception: heart of immorality
Dignity
Formula 2: “Treat human beings and yourself as ends in themselves not as means to an end”

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