As a function of understanding this reversal and promoting a greater knowledge of what it Immanuel Kant sought to put forward, this particular analysis will be concentric upon analyzing his chain of argument, inspecting its key points, and detailing how an individual that was of an alternate opinion light necessarily argue against the position that he put forward. Accordingly, it is the hope of this particular author that such a unit of analysis will be beneficial in helping to define Immanuel Kant’s argument to a greater degree as well as proving some of the logical inconsistencies and philosophical shortcomings that it exhibits.
As has been referenced briefly within the introduction, Immanuel Kant performed is something of a reversal with regard to the way in which he understood ethics and how these apply to humans with relation to animals. As he previously stipulated that animals did not have rights and could not be expected to be treated as such, the reader/philosopher is left with no other alternative but to is that animals to be treated as with any other inanimate object without a level of ethical virtue. Yet, within his piece entitled “Lectures on Ethics”, Immanuel Kant overturns this particular point of view and argues for the fact that the treatment of an animal is somehow morally and intrinsically related to the way in which an individual will interact with other human beings. In effect, Immanuel Kant’s argument was concentric upon what can be defined as ethical boundaries and the rational capacity by which an individual engage with an animal. As such, Kant’s argument was one that focused upon the extension of how a human being might necessarily treat other human beings based upon their treatment of animals. Within this particular argument, one can reasonably infer that an individual who is necessarily cruel, cold hearted, and callous towards ethical boundaries