LECTURE 3_1_2010

LECTURE 3_1_2010 - Introduction to Ethics PH150 March 1...

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Introduction to Ethics - PH150 March 1 Professor Aaron Garrett Teaching Fellows Colin Cmiel Stacey Goguen Yoni Porat Wednesday, March 3, 2010
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Immanuel Kant (1724-1804) • “It is impossible to conceive anything at all in the world, or even out of it, which can be taken as good without qualiFcation, except a good will ,” (GMM , 61) Wednesday, March 3, 2010
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The Universalizing Rule When I have questions about my duty I ask myself “Can you also will that this maxim ( a subjective principle or rule for acting) should be a universal law”(like a law of physics, necessarily holding of everyone, everywhere)? This is the Frst presentation of what Kant will call the categorical imperative (CI): you ought to do X for the sake of X. This is opposed to an hypothetical imperative, you ought to do X for Y. Wednesday, March 3, 2010
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The Promise Take the case of promise keeping. Assume my maxim is to extricate myself from a promise since it serves my needs. Formulate this maxim as a universal law : “Everyone may
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