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LECTURE 3_19_2010

LECTURE 3_19_2010 - Introduction to Ethics PH150 March 19...

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Introduction to Ethics - PH150 March 19 Professor Aaron Garrett Teaching Fellows Colin Cmiel Stacey Goguen Yoni Porat Friday, March 26, 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 qualification, except a good will ,” (GMM , 61) Friday, March 26, 2010
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A Mathematical Analogy Take a maxim M. Is it coherent when we universalize it -- could it accord with a law? Imagine that the CI is a function which makes maxims like M universal. If CI(M) does not result in a contradiction then it could be a moral maxim in accordance with a law. If CI(M) results in a contradiction then M cannot be an objective maxim in accordance with a law. A contradiction in conceiving the universalized maxim results in the opposite (or negation), not M, as a potential perfect duty . Friday, March 26, 2010
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If there is not a strict contradiction in the attempt to conceive it universally - but it cannot be universally applied - this is a contradiction in application. The result is
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