What are the similarities and differences of  the ethical theories of Aristotle and Immanuel Kant?

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Aristotle and Immanuel Kant were two renowned thinkers in drastically different time periods. However, they came to some strikingly similar ideas about philosophy and morality. In the end, their viewpoints parted ways substantially, but some of their core principles are clearly in the same vein.

For instance, both Kant and Aristotle believed that an action undertaken with a good and moral cause in mind was a moral action. Even if the outcome was negative unintentionally, the intent was moral, and therefore the action was as well. Additionally, they believed that there were some actions that were inherently evil and should be avoided at all costs.

Beyond that, however, the two had some differences of opinion. The two men had a difference in opinion when considering the results of actions. Kant believed that the result should never be considered—it was only the intent that mattered. However, Aristotle believed that if you chose to take an action and knew that there was an action that could...

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