Presentation Title

Riots To Civility: Kant's Moral Education

Presenter Information

Gregory Howard

Mentor

Nicholas Germana

Location

David F. Putnam Science Center - 126

Abstract

This paper will analyze Immanuel Kant's Metaphysics of Morals, discussing his moral education and how it can be used to teach immature and careless individuals to become moral beings. In past months, the US has increasingly become a more turbulent country. Protesting, riots, looting, and destruction have gripped the nation. Even the small city of Keene, N.H. has been affected by the Pumpkin Fest riots, causing tens of thousands of dollars in property damage. These became riots celebrating violence for violence’s sake, where morality was replaced with carelessness and immaturity. Citizens of a state have rights and freedoms, but also have duties to individuals and themselves, which are derived from reason and the moral law which commands respect. Rational beings who do as they please are not free. One should act with restraint, respecting the laws of the state. All rational beings respect one another as commanded by the moral law.

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Riots To Civility: Kant's Moral Education

David F. Putnam Science Center - 126

This paper will analyze Immanuel Kant's Metaphysics of Morals, discussing his moral education and how it can be used to teach immature and careless individuals to become moral beings. In past months, the US has increasingly become a more turbulent country. Protesting, riots, looting, and destruction have gripped the nation. Even the small city of Keene, N.H. has been affected by the Pumpkin Fest riots, causing tens of thousands of dollars in property damage. These became riots celebrating violence for violence’s sake, where morality was replaced with carelessness and immaturity. Citizens of a state have rights and freedoms, but also have duties to individuals and themselves, which are derived from reason and the moral law which commands respect. Rational beings who do as they please are not free. One should act with restraint, respecting the laws of the state. All rational beings respect one another as commanded by the moral law.