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Phil – February 15, 2010 Kant’s Practical Test Good will acts out of respect for moral law For others as rational beings “You ought to respect moral agents” “Don’t use people” “Treat people as ends, never only as means” o Ex: using a car dealership as a means to get a car. o He means don’t treat other people JUST as means. Treat people morally right. Ex: a car dealership would only use him as a means if they misinformed him, charged him more than he should, or treated him disrespectfully. Examples: Suicide: uses him/herself to avoid pain False promise: uses the promise to gain advantage Talents: uses his/her life fore mere enjoyment; doesn’t give him/herself full respect as moral/rational agent Charity: doesn’t give others full respect as moral/rational agents Autonomy Autonomy: we live under rules we set for ourselves Imagine yourself legislating in the kingdom of ends Heteronomy: living under rules set by others
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This note was uploaded on 11/15/2010 for the course PHIL 301 taught by Professor Bonevac during the Spring '08 term at University of Texas at Austin.

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