Courageous Act: A Rational Choice or Driven by Emotion

Wanqiu ZHENG


A courageous act for a just cause is a moral act, but it often results in regrettable and tragic consequences. Its moral value is often overlooked, and what’s more talked about is its economic value, which turns out to be an extremely unfavorable factor for the healthy development of a society. Kant’s theory tells us that morality should be out of pure good will and is reflected as responsibility. Our actions should be guided by moral order. Another question we need to pay attention to is: “What are the reaches of our abilities” when need to act bravely for a just cause. We must go through rational thinking before act, and act with the guide of rationality instead of emotion to be responsible for ourselves and others.


Courageous acts for a just cause; Reason; Emotion; Morality; Good will; Moral order; Courage

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