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Korsgaard2 - clever murderer Adolph Jr Does everyone think...

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Korsgaard’s “Double-level theory” and FH v. FUL -the “IDEAL THEORY” level: in ideal (or ordinary) circumstances: FH is the standard -the NON-IDEAL THEORY level: FUL identifies absolute standards what we must never do under any (even evil) circumstances in non-ideal (evil) situations: FH identifies the goal (the ideal provides some guidance even for evil circumstances) two “casuistical” questions about the “weird results”: - Is there a duty to lie to Adolph? - Is it OK to lie to a deceitful philanthropist (433)? (Bill) lying is only required when both: (i) it is permissible (universalizable) AND (ii) it involves the “duty of mutual aid” and self-respect (or something similar)
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A problem for Korsgaard’s theory ? lies to Adolph and Bill are permissible (in non-ideal situations) just because the recipients do not know what I know : [that they are murderous or deceitful] STRANGE! What about lying to a more
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Unformatted text preview: clever murderer: Adolph, Jr.? Does everyone think that lying to save an innocent life is OK? Kant & Korsgaard seem to agree that lying to ADOLPH JR. to save an innocent life is wrong. Kant is not alone in thinking that LYING is always wrong A serious matter. (disrespects the recipient; may degrade the liar; may disobey God) But the consequences of not lying can be serious. Maybe I am not responsible for what ADOLPH does? Maybe realizing the “kingdom of ends” is God’s responsibility? Too “high price”? “Grotesque”? (436) Is this a problem with the prohibition of lying ? (find a different first principle that allows lying to save others?) (show lying to save others is always compatible with FUL/FH?) Is this a problem with any and all absolute prohibitions? (should we return to utilitarianism?) (anything we should be unwilling to do no matter what ?)...
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