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Medical Ethics Darin Harootunian 10/7/11 1 Kantian Moral Respect for Persons (Kant Part 2) Kant formulated several versions of the Categorical Imperative. He took these formulations to be equivalent. Of course the formulations obviously aren’t equivalent, and no one other than Kant takes them to be. I presented two of the formulations in class: CI-Universal Law (CI-UL): Act only in accordance with that maxim through which you can at the same time will that it become a universal law of nature, CI-Human End (CI-HE): Act so that you treat people, whether someone else or yourself, always as an end, never merely as a means. The CI-Universal Law formulation faces significant problems. I presented a few of these problems in the notes on Spark. We don’t need to concern ourselves with the se problems . Kant’s more important, enduring contribution to ethics is his notion of moral respect for persons, which is succinctly captured in the CI-Human Ends formulation. And this is what I want to discuss. (Read what Beauchamp and Childress have to say about Kantian moral respect for persons in chapter 9.) What is meant by
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