Georgia Laws of Life Essay Contest
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However intuitive, this cannot be all of Kant’s meaning. For onething, as with the Jim Crow laws of the old South and the Nuremberglaws of Nazi Germany, the laws to which these types of “actionsfrom duty” conform may be morally despicable. Respect for suchlaws could hardly be thought valuable. For another, our motive inconforming our actions to civic and other laws is rarely unconditionalrespect. We also have an eye toward doing our part in maintainingcivil or social order, toward punishments or loss of standing andreputation in violating such laws, and other outcomes of lawfulbehavior. Indeed, we respect these laws to the degree, but only to thedegree, that they do not violate values, laws or principles we holdmore dear. Yet Kant thinks that, in acting from duty, we are not atall motivated by a prospective outcome or some other extrinsic featureof our conduct except insofar as these are requirements of dutyitself. We are motivated by the mere conformity of our will to law assuch.
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To act out of respect for the moral law, in Kant’s view, is tobe moved to act by a recognition that the moral law is a supremelyauthoritative standard that binds us and to experience a kind offeeling, which is akin to awe and fear, when we acknowledge the morallaw as the source of moral requirements. Human persons inevitably haverespect for the moral law even though we are not always moved by itand even though we do not always comply with the moral standards thatwe nonetheless recognize as authoritative.