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Discussion Prep Questions – Week 5 Zorina Chen Question 2: Kant argues that happiness is not always good because happiness may lead to boldness and arrogance. However, if a good will is present, the principle of actions would be corrected and the possibility of being arrogant while pursuing happiness would also be eliminated. With a good will as a condition, the happiness would then become worth pursuing. Personally, I totally agree with Kant’s perspective. For example, having delicious food and gaining a huge amount of money have no deep worth but the possibility of being bold to merely obtain happiness. But if there lies a good will that leads people to do so, then the story would become totally different. Question 3: According to Kant, the difference between doing something in conformity with duty and doing something from duty is the motivation of the act - people would do something in conformity with duty when the action corresponds to their
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Unformatted text preview: self-interest, while the only reason of doing something from duty is because duty itself, which has nothing to do with personal interests and preferences. I think Kant’s perspective that only actions done from duty have moral worth is correct, since actions that are done in conformity with duty are acted out of self-interests rather than morality, and thus, don’t have inherent moral worth at all. Question 5: I don’t think Kant’s test of whether an action is morally permissible is flawless. For example, helping everyone in need seems like a universal law that could apply to everyone, while actions like this are also of great value. However, if a murder needs help of killing his victim, is it morally permissible for us to help him kill the innocent? Thus, as far as I am concerned, some immoral actions may also pass Kant’s test....
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