The Morality of Mind - The Morality of Mind-Reading In this paper I argue that Immanuel Kants deontological ethics provides ample reason that the United

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The Morality of Mind-Reading In this paper, I argue that Immanuel Kant’s deontological ethics provides ample reason that the United States should develop mind-reading technology for the purpose of reading the minds of suspected terrorists. Immanuel Kant’s deontological ethics addresses the question of what is and what is not moral through our reasons, or why we do what we do. Kant believes that the only way we can begin to understand morality is through reason and because reason involves thinking about why we do the things we do, then consequences should not be the basis of what it means to be moral. I agree with Immanuel Kant’s view that we are subject to moral judgments because we have the ability to reason, so what gauges a moral action needs to be the reason behind the action. The creation of mind-reading technology to read the minds of terrorists and prevent future attacks can be very useful in the preservation of life and peace. According to Kant this would most definitely be a moral action because of the reason behind the creation of the technology: “Thus morality lies in the relation of actions to the autonomy of the will-that is, to a possible making of universal law by means of its maxims. An action which is compatible with the autonomy of the will is permitted” (541-542). There are definite pros to the creation of such
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