Student Name: P Ntlemo
Student Number: 63175967
The Philosopher Immanuel Kant’s categorical imperative
State your proposed act as a maxim
“I will take ZAR 620 000 000.00(A) when I’ve done a year’s work (C) in order to get really, really rich (E).”
Restate this maxim as a universal law;
“All people (7 billion of them) will take ZAR 620 000 000.00 when they’ve done a year’s work in order to get really, really rich.”
Is my maxim conceivable in a world ruled by the universal law?
No, since everyone will be earning ZAR 620 000 000.00 and salaries that are too high can result to loss of profit in the company and that will lead to where company will not afford those employees, and for that reason that will cause the company to retrench some of employees and so it is highly possible that my maxim is not conceivable in a world ruled by the universal law.
Would I rationally act on my maxim in such a world?
No, I would not.
According to Kant’s main ethical idea concerning Whitey Basson’s earning,
Kant would say that Whitey Basson acted morally to get that money since he has never exploited anyone to obtain that money or he has never agree to take the temptation to treat his co-workers or subordinate in a bad way to earn or receive that revenue. According to Kant as long as Whitey Basson did not cause any harm to co-workers or subordinates by using them to get that earning, he has acted morally. .
My opinion concerning Whitey Basson’s earning
According to my perspective is that whitey Basson is self-centred, inconsiderate, grasping and also practising what is called personal gains, where he does things to benefit himself rather than considering other people’s needs since a good leader should be ethical and professional, by setting a good example to those who are leaded by him.
Reason supporting my opinion
I am thinking so, because leaders are guided by principles and code of conduct of the company. They are not guided by personal gains rather than the performance of stuff and the needs of the people in general by ensuring the growth and positive image of a company by inspiring subordinates, since wise man once said “strive not to be a success, but rather to be of value.”