Kant rears his ugly head again... ;-)
Posted by Helen on September 25, 1997 at 09:27:42:
In response to A sense of morality is an innate trait, written by Erin on September 25, 1997 at 00:46:23
] I think this is way all human societies have had to develope moral/ethical codes. It seems most natural to hate both the person and their actions. But until the world grew so large a population doing this could endanger your very life, so we have used, morality, ethics, manners and ettiquette to allow us to maintain contact with those we don't necessarily approve of or like.
] You seem to be erroneously grouping together this more primordial, innate moral sense with formal establishment of moral codes of conduct and concepts of justice and punishment, such as laws, which are based on this certain view of man and his innate ethical impulses; but which can be (and are) manifested and interpreted in various ways by particular cultures and historical eras.
] Good insight Cassia
But isn't the innate morality we have an emotional one, rather than a rational one (not that I want to argue with Kant, of course)? - in this novel, Jane has the innate moral sense - she knows that she is being abused and that a system which has Mr Brocklehurst at its head is corrupt. The rational morality is for most of us the learned one, and it is the one which says we should not yield to our impulse to react violently to those who break our innate moral codes.
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