Comparison of the Moral Philosophies of Kant and Bentham In the history of moral and ethical philosophy, perhaps no two philosophers have been more influential than Jeremy Bentham and Immanuel Kant. The following brief discussion compares and contrasts the ideas and work of these two philosophers. Same fundamental Question, different Schools of Thought The similarities in philosophical thought between Bentham and Kant are limited to general intents and purposes. Both philosophers, more exactly, concerned themselves with the question of how to determine whether an action is moral. And both philosophers, moreover, assumed that the answer to this question could be discovered through systematic reasoning and the application of rules and...The end:
.....s for the greatest good principle and it can lead to tyranny of the majority. Kant’s deontological system, on the other hand, is more compelling because it provides a foundation for upholding basic human rights, human dignity, human respect, and freedom itself. WORKS CITED Bowie, Thomas. “A Kantian Approach to Business Ethics.” Ethical Issues in Business - A Philosophical Approach. New Jersey: (56-66). Pearson Prentice Hall, 2008. Curry, Patrick. Ecological ethics: an introduction. Polity, 2006. Howard, Ronald Arthur and Clinton D. Korver. Ethics for the Real World: Creating a Personal Code to Guide Decisions in Work and Life. Harvard Business Press, 2008. Troyer, John. The classical utilitarians: Bentham and Mill. Hackett Publishing, 2003.