Kant, Utilitarianism and Children Research Paper by Nicky

Kant, Utilitarianism and Children
A look at the relationship of Kant's theories to child development.
# 151463 | 3,260 words | 22 sources | APA | 2012 | US
Published on Jun 11, 2012 in Psychology (Child and Adolescent) , Philosophy (Metaphysics)

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This paper examines Immanuel Kant's theories, focusing on the concept of utilitarianism and then applying it to childhood. First, the paper presents some brief biographical information about Kant. Then, it gives an overview of several of his philosophical outlooks, particularly the notion of natural rights. These are then applied to social and business organizational structure. Next, Kant's categories of perceptions are illustrated in a chart and further elaborated upon. Finally, the paper explores the contemporary meaning of Kant's theories and applies them to childhood. Additionally, the paper discusses childhood as it related to reason. The paper concludes by connecting Kant's views on childhood with natural human rights.

Kant and Natural Rights
Kant & the Contemporary World
Kant, Reason and Children
Kant & Expanding of Children's Rights to Human Rights

From the Paper:

"The notion of human rights has been an ongoing political and philosophical debate since humans began to express their thoughts in writing. At the center of this debate is the notion that many remain dissatisfied with the definition of "good" or "appropriate" being at the whim of a particular social order, or ruling elite. This debate may be found in Aristotle, Socrates, and Aquinas, leading to more contemporary political notions from Lock, Kant, and even Martin Luther King, Jr. Forming the core modern argument, for instance, Aquinas argued that there were certain universal behaviors that were either right or wrong as ordained by the Divine. Hobbes and Locke differed, and put forth the notion that there were natural rights, or "states of nature," but disagreed on the controlling factors of those natural tendencies. Kant took this further, reacting, and argued that a state or society must be organized by the way laws and justice was universally true, available, and, most importantly, justified by humanity. Yet, for Kant, these laws should respect the equality, freedom, and autonomy of the citizens. In this way Kant, prescribed that basic rights were necessary for civil society, and becomes a rubric by which we may understand modern utilitarian principles and their interdependence with the concept of human rights..."

Sample of Sources Used:

  • Alison, H.(2004). Kant's Transcendental Idealism: An Interpretation and Defense. Yale University Press.
  • American Civil Rights Institute, Cited in: http://www.acri.org/
  • Bakanic, V. (2008). Prejudice: Attitudes About Race, Class and Gender. Prentice-Hall.
  • Dawson, C., et.al. (n.d.). "Analysis of Letter from Birmingham Jail." Helium. Cited in: http://www.helium.com/items/811404-literary-analysis-letter-from-birmingham-jail-by-martin-luther-king-jr
  • Dicker, G. (2004). Kant's Theory of Knowledge: An Analytical Introduction. Oxford University Press.

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