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Unformatted text preview: Kantianism Immanuel Kant (1724 -1804) Overall view – an action is right in so far as it’s performed with the intention of following a moral principle which is coherent for other people to adopt and treats everyone with integrity and respect Four themes are 1. Categorical Imperative 2. Universalizability 3. Treating People as Ends Themselves 4. Importance of the Good will Categorical Imperative Command without conditioning attached Two types of imperatives - Categorical Hypothetical Hypothetical Imperative don’t do if you don’t want to yield the result and it does not benefit you Universalizability- you should only act according to rules you can will to be universal laws You should only act according to rules that could be universal laws- Golden Rule- thinks of you as one among many- avoid practical untenability or logical incoherence Ex- not only would it be unpleasant but it just wouldn’t work for everyone ex- society would collapse and everyone would be murdered Ex- things like promises would not always exist if people always broke them...
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This note was uploaded on 05/27/2010 for the course -2 -1 at Cornell.