34. Thursday, March 11, 2010

34. Thursday, March 11, 2010 - • You are doing unto...

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Philosophy – February 11 th April 13 th , 9-12, fnal exam Important Ayre readings: intro, chapters 1,2,4,8 Kants examples in the Groundwork: Perfect Duty Imperfect Duty Duties to self Suicide – a practical contradiction a freely admitted abomination of freedom The Loafer (someone who is ruining their life by not taking advantage of their gifts/ circumstance s) – someone who systematicall y abuses their gifts Duties to others Lying promise – a lying promise is a contradiction in terms. You can make a promise and it be a lie, but it is not really a promise. The miser (person who is selFsh, all he wants to do is amass wealth and not share) – we are not acting oly for ourselves, and when we try to universalize that kind of selFshness, it is a practical contradiction What the categorical imperative is not: Golden Rule restated: “Do unto others as you would have them do unto you.” I will be nice to you as long as you are nice to you
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Unformatted text preview: • You are doing unto others as you would have them do unto you BUT there is not a promise that they will do the same • Universalized consequentialism: “Don’t do that – what iF everyone did that” • Almost looks as though this is what the universalization test is BUT it is not The Two Standpoints (cf. Ch. III) We experience ourselves as free but also experience ourselves as bound to the law both free and bound. I am not bound to someone else’s moral law, but my own, i am bound by reason. • Freedom of will presupposed • Law binding (cf. Vicious circle) p .118 Intelligible NOUMENA Sensible PHENOMENA Autonomy Freedom Moral Law (Necessity) NB Persons = Ration Agents Dignity Does not equal Human Beings Respect Inclusive Exclusive Other mammals Children Arti±cial intelligence Women Non-Earthlings Non-whites Handicapped/impaired “Irrational”...
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