Kant’s Metaphysic of Morals (Part 1)
Philosopher Immanuel Kant wrote in his book Fundamental Principles of the metaphysic of morals that even if it doesn’t not get any results or fruits, not it has any utility still, good will in itself is good and valuable.
What my interpretation of this is everything done with a good intention without actually seeing the result or the action performed is good. A good will is neither connected to action or it’s results. Maybe some one performs a good action and gets good results, but if the intention or will behind those is corrupted, it doesn’t matter what the end result is. Maybe he’s just using this as a means to some end.
Kant gives more emphasis on will because he also believes that if all the moral values are possessed by an individual such as calmness, courage, kindness but except good will, that individual will do more harm to the world than good. It’s same as someone who is all powerful, but uses that power for evil instead of good. That is the whole point he’s trying to make.
Take the example of movie SHAZAM, where the last power bearing individual wants to find the heir who would wield the power of SHAZAM. But, the only condition is, that particular individual must have a good will or intention. The rest of the things does not matter even if Billy Batson was immature, a bit selfish and a bit arrogant. What makes good will so valuable is that it can conceive good in this world without qualification, according to Kant.
As he goes further he also adds that our world and it’s people has far greater purpose than mere achievement of happiness and satisfaction which maybe greatly achieved through instinct instead of reason, because reason has a greater purpose than that, to establish good will. To show humanity that it should always treat other individuals not merely as means to some end, but an end in itself. (TO BE CONTINUED)