Examining Moral Conduct in Aviators Through the Lens of Immanuel Kant’s Perfect and Imperfect Duties

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Stephen Rice
Danielle Rosales
Joseph O'Brien
David Cross
Scott Winter


This paper focuses on Kantian ethics, explicitly exploring the implications of Kant's perfect and imperfect duties within the aviation sector. It analyzes how these ethical principles apply to pilot behavior and their impact on safety, professionalism, and trust within flight operations. This paper argues for a culture of integrity and responsibility among aviation professionals and highlights the criticality of ethical leadership concerning pilot performance. Additionally, it outlines potential areas for future research, including empirical studies on pilot behavior and the development of targeted ethical training programs for flight crews, aiming to enhance ethical standards and practices in aviation.

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