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Morality and Resume Writing
This paper examines the philosophy of Immanuel Kant and John S. Mill to evaluates the ethics of resume writing.
# 65735 | 1,565 words | 3 sources | MLA | 2005 | US

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This paper explains that often writers of resumes exaggerate and even lie about their accomplishments, skills and education to put the candidate in the most favorable light: Is this immoral, vicious or unjust to stretch the truth? The author points out that, when Kant considers the morality of lying, he applies the categorical imperative; lying is wrong because it adversely affects mankind universally and man individually. The paper relates that Mill argues that the wide-ranging social harm that lying causes far outweighs the good experienced by its beneficiaries and that, although at times lies may be useful, lying takes away the trustworthiness of the individual.

From the Paper:

"Kant's moral system is based on rationality. It attempts to show how any rational being would agree to universal moral laws. For Kant, human beings as moral agents are rational and autonomous (free to make choices). He thinks that as rational beings we are able to judge whether any action is moral by asking if the action is consistent with the categorical imperative. According to Kant, moral imperatives exist which are inherent in human nature. The existence of these imperatives provides evidence that the goodness of an act is not related to its outcome."

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