In the article “The Art of Being Human,” we are faced with the comparison of Kant’s and Confucius’s view on morality and how it applies to being a human being. We can look at morality by thinking of it as the “highest expression of humanity,” which does not come naturally. Kant believes that morality is not a connection between people, but rather a common humanity that they share with each other. Confucius believes that people cannot learn how to treat others unless they are apart of a community themselves.
Knowing the difference between what is right and what is wrong was engrained in most of us at a very young age. Morality is not something that we have think twice about anymore, now that we are adults (or at least I hope not). Within the past couple of years, I have been curious about morality and what it actually means, especially since I have been working with preschoolers, high schoolers, and adults. I thought that this article would be a good take on what two different philosophers believed to be the “process of becoming moral.”