Kant’s Deontological Ethics


Assess Kant’s deontological ethics. (25 marks)

This question is asking you to argue either for or against Kant’s deontological ethics (the ethical theory that says moral actions are those that follow laws that can be applied universally and that immoral actions are those that violate such universal laws).

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An A* grade example answer to a 25 mark question on Kant’s deontological ethics. This document also includes a bullet-point essay plan to help students understand how to structure their essays for maximum marks.

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