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Isaac Warren
Isaac Warren

1mo

INFP

Libra

Mills vs Kant

"He who saves a fellow creature from drowning does what is morally right, whether his motive be duty, or the hope of being paid for his trouble; he who betrays the friend that trusts him, is guilty of a crime, even if his object be to serve another friend to whom he is under greater obligations." So Kant would say the man who saves another from drowning for the sake of anything other than to do good is not morally good. But Mills separates the motive behind an action from its moral qualifications.

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Jess
Jess

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Yes I have admired people for dutiful actions and then been surprised that beyond that duty there would be no instinct to help. Usually because of ego I think. Or inherent lack of empathy. But we need the dutiful ones also. They are generally consistent.

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MaT
MaT

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INTJ

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I would agree witht the notion that only the effect of an action has moral significance, not the intent behind it. People only look at the intentions, because it might help to predict the future actions of a person. But these speculations have nothing to do with the moral evaluation of a single event.

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