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Test 1 Essay 18/03/2008 23:47:00 9Essay 2 Kant – no lying in every circumstance o Position on lying to the murderer at the door Formula I – Universal Law Does the universalized maxim generate a contradiction? Yes - the murderer will not believe the lie (because  he knows that you know he’s a murderer and are  going to lie to him either way) o Dilemma: duty not to lie vs. the duty to help  others The duty not to lie is perfect and the  duty to help others is imperfect (kant  says you can’t lie to help others) o Formula II – end in itself (humanity) Does the lie treat the murderer as a  means? YES (using him as a means to  protect your friend from death) o 3 rd  account of the wrongness of lying – lying  violates a perfect duty to oneself lying is the obliteration of one’s  dignity as a human being o If you tell a lie you are responsible for all  consequences.  If you tell the truth, you are  not responsible for the consequences.
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