ethics RQ11 - a perfect duty, and that we should never lie....

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Jason Lim Ethics Reading Questions #11 1. Kant says that reason and morality are related by how we need reason to set moral goals which are independent of desires. This contrasts with Hume's idea of the role of reason in that it only helps us choose the right action to achieve our desire. 2. A maxim is potentially a universal rule or statement if it passes the categorical imperative. It determines whether an action is permissible if it doesn't fail to strike a contradiction in the will or in the perception. 3. Perfect duties are absolutes that have no leeway in how one should act. Kant believes that honesty is
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Unformatted text preview: a perfect duty, and that we should never lie. An imperfect duty gives flexibility in how we should go about fulfilling that duty. We are not required to help others all the time, but we can choose to do so when we feel like it. 4. Negative responsibility is the notion that we hold someone responsible for an event that they could have prevented. This relates to Kant and his absolute truth-telling because he believes that one is not responsible if he passively allows others to do wrong, and the person himself has done nothing wrong so as long as he has not broken any duties....
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This note was uploaded on 04/25/2011 for the course PHIL 205 taught by Professor Jonathanreibsamen during the Spring '10 term at Saint Louis.

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