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s1 {font-kerning: none}span.Apple-tab-span {white-space:pre}After looking at that critic, another flaw can be looked at is that in Kantian ethics, it is upon people to decide what is right and wrong through their rational minds. “The Catholic Church has criticized Kantian ethics for its apparent contradiction, arguing that humans being co-legislators of morality contradicts the claim that morality is a priori” (Lam).

Kantian ethics say that morality and its laws are above humans and that everyone should follow them. However, if you look at all the three categories, each of them tells one to decide for him/her self is that action passes that category or not. So, if the morality is priori, then how come people are able to judge their actions as right or wrong by themselves? For example, one can simply say that its right to lie to my friend because I would still achieve my goal if everyone did that in the whole world, because I am not treating that victim of my lie just for my own sake but also for their own good, and because my intentions are pure and for the right reason. So now, this person can use Kantian ethics to consider that lying is a right thing to do. However, lying is never a right thing to do. One might lie because its the best option but its never right for one to lie.

This creates a contradiction to Kantian ethics itself and doesn’t seems to make sense since both beliefs are from Kant himself.  When looking at other philosophers, John Stuart Mill seems to have a better ethical system and reasoning compared to Kant. Mill himself  “criticized Kant for not realizing that moral laws are justified by a moral intuition based on utilitarian principles” (Lam). Mill argued that Kantian ethics needs his utilitarian principles to explain the reasoning behind rights and wrongs.

Sure, Kant’s three categories do tell us the if the action is right or wrong, however, none of those categories tell us any reasons behind it or why I should really take the action. On the other side, Mill’s utilitarian principle does tell us the reasoning behind why I should choose one action and why its the right or the wrong action to take. Mill’s ethical system is based on utilitarian principle that tells us to take an action that best serves the greatest amount of people the greatest good. This system gives me a reason to take an action that I am about to take and why its right to do so. This is better reasoning than Kantian ethics since it can even tell me to do something that others might think is wrong but then it serves the good for many people.

For example, a sniper in a marine force would have to use utilitarian principle since they have to decide between killing the suicide bomber or letting the bomber kill whole lot of people. And if this ethical dilemma was to go thought the three categories of Kant, then it would tell the sniper not to kill that bomber.  Kantian ethics have another contradictory flaw in the third category, the Good Will. In this category, my intentions need to be pure and support the argument of doing the right thing and fulfilling my duty. However, when I was thinking about using this category on and ethical dilemma of lying to my other friends in oder to protect my best friend’s secret, it didn’t fit well. I have the duty of keeping that promise I made to my best friend and protect his secret. But on the other side, I also the duty of telling the truth and not lying to people since lying is unethical. So, if I have the conflict between two different duties, how would I know which one to follow? Should I honor the duty of keeping my promise? Or should I honor the duty of being honest to people? At this point I saw that Kantian ethics are not reliable if I want a good ethical system to follow.

  I love this idea of three component method to filter out most of the unethical actions because in most cases it works without a doubt. However, this system also has its flaws as mentioned above and it seems to contradict some of the Kant’s own beliefs. When I thought about all these problems I came to realize that, Kant didn’t think all of this through. Kant did seems to have the right idea of creating the perfect ethical system that people like me can follow but its still has loop wholes from which unethical actions would sleep out. It also has some flaws that puts the whole system out of question. Ethics plays a big role in everyone’s lives rather they know it or not. That being said, everyone in this world should do the right thing or at least try.

In some situation, its hard to do the right thing when faced with choosing an action that is necessary to take but not very ethical. So in the end, its up to one’s ethical beliefs and him/her self to choose what is right and what is wrong for good of others.