Immanuel Kant on Good Will

Immanuel Kant on Good Will


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ImmanuelKant on Goodwill

Iagree with Kant because he is right. Many a times, people do a lot ofgood actions, but they do not do so with the sole purpose of seeinggood happening. They always have some hidden intentions that drivetheir actions. Even if their actions yield some good to people in thesociety, which may not be the intended outcome of the actor, the willbehind the action was bad and such actions should not be praised.

Agood example of someone doing good things in society, but for thewrong reasons is when a pastor opens a charity home to help orphanedand street children. The pastor solicits money from well-wishers anddonors to educate the children and carter for their daily needs. Indoing so, the pastor makes proposals to donors requesting them tosupport a child. The proposals contain monthly expenses of a child,which makes it easier for donors to know how much they can contributetowards the orphanage every month. The children get a good education,eat good food and sleep in a nice place. Their standards of lifeimprove and they are happy. However, in doing so, the pastorexaggerates the amounts on the proposals, because he ends up spendingonly a half of the amount donors give monthly towards maintenance ofchildren. He spends the rest on living a luxurious lifestyle (Moser,2013).

Isupport Kant’s opinion towards such actions where even though somegood comes from the actions of the pastor, the main intention was notgood. The pastor only established the orphanage as an outlet forsoliciting public help for a luxurious lifestyle. All the goodactions are ruined by the motive of the pastor. The orphanage shouldbe run by someone different who will respect the efforts of donorstowards supporting the children (Kant, 2003).


Kant,I. (2003). Goodwill, buty, and the Categorical Imperative.

Mosser,K. (2013). Understanding philosophy. San Diego, CA: BridgepointEducation, Inc.