Medical Ethics Darin Harootunian 10/7/11 4 can be coherently imagined. In this case, the relevant world – a world in which every person, by a law of nature, refuses to provide aid to any person in need – is coherently imaginable. (At least that’s what Kant says.) Kant insists that we can coherently imagine a world in which no one helps anyone else who is in need. (Question: What does this world look like?) That is, a world in which no one provides aid to a person in need is logically consistent – we can imagine this world without encountering a contradiction. So the imagined world passes the Contradiction in Conception Test. Fourth, we move to the Contradiction in Will Test: Can a person in this imagined world rationally will to act on the maxim that has been universalized as a law of nature? Kant says that we can’t rationally will to act on the maxim of refusing to provide aid to any person in need, because each of us will need the help of others at some point in our lives in order to achieve our ends. The maxim of refusing aid to someone in need fails
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This note was uploaded on 11/07/2011 for the course PHIL 164 taught by Professor Doviak during the Fall '07 term at UMass (Amherst).