Twenty-Third Lecture

Twenty-Third Lecture - March 13, 2009 Philosophy 4:...

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March 13, 2009 Philosophy 4: Twenty-Third Lecture Deontology/Kant (Continued) Is every test that passes morally permissible? - Question 1: are th ere intuitively wrong actions th at p ass th e t est? o Count erexa m ple: Maxim : in order to get a good night’s sleep, I will kill my neighbor Universalize : everyone who wants a good night’s sleep can kill their neighbor If everyone were to kill their noisy neighbor in order to get a good night’s sleep, this is not obviously contradictory in the way making a lying promise is (doesn’t create a contradiction in conception) - Question 2: are th ere intuitively p er missible actions th at fail th e test? o Count erexa m ple: Maxim: I will leave in the middle of the fourth quarter to avoid the traffic jam Universalize : everyone will leave in the middle of the fourth quarter to avoid the traffic jam But if everyone acts on that maxim, we generate the contradiction (generates a contradiction in conception, which according to
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This note was uploaded on 11/07/2010 for the course PHIL PHIL 4 taught by Professor Huizenga during the Winter '09 term at UCSB.

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Twenty-Third Lecture - March 13, 2009 Philosophy 4:...

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