Boston College / Challenge of Justice
Michael Sandel / Justice: What’s the Right Thing to Do?
and Videos in connection with topics in the book
Reading Questions – Chapter 45
1) What are Kant’s approaches to duty, law, humanity, and freedom? How are
these connected to each other, if at all?
Duty: only the motive of duty (doing something because it’s the right thing to do)
gives an action moral worth
Law: just because a majority favors a law doesn’t make it just (rejecting
Humanity: you should not respect me because you want something from me, you
should respect me because I’m a human being with dignity.
Freedom: to be free is to act according to a law given to oneself.
2) How does Kant understand the relationship among morality, freedom, and
“Acting morally means acting out of dutyfor the sake of the moral