phil paper nov 10

phil paper nov 10 - something other than reason is a part...

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Brittney Acevedo Professor Valdez The first categorical imperative is to act only on that maxim whereby thou canst at the same time will that it should become a universal law. The second categorical imperative is to act as to treat humanity always as an end in itself and never solely as a means to an end. The first and the second categorical imperative are equivalent. The first and second imperative both states that in order to hold that my motivating principle is a principle of reason, I have to be able to will that my motivating principle become a moral law that everyone must follow. If I can not then
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Unformatted text preview: something other than reason is a part of my motivation. To act on the principle action that should become a universal law is to act as to treat humanity as an end in itself not solely as a means to an end. To use humanity as a means to an end would create a contradiction of wills that everyone else do not treat humanity as a means but I treat humanity as a means. To create this contradiction of wills would create a logical contradiction. The logical contradiction would cause humanity to fall apart....
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