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Unformatted text preview: policy is to avoid the known evil, lying: we will have done our duty. The categorical imperative has been popular because it argues that moral reasons, if they are valid at all, are binding on all people at all times. This concept is known as consistency. Problems with Kant s Categorical Imperative We could will a universal rule that it is permissible to universal to lie when doing so would save someone s life, which would not be self-defeating! So long as there are at least two absolute rules, the possibility will always exist that they might come into conflict, which makes a theory of absolute rules impossible to maintain. . Summary All that Kant s basic idea requires is that when we violate a rule, we do so for a reason that we would be willing for anyone to accept, were they in our position. Kant went awry when he insisted that consistency requires rules that have no exceptions....
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This note was uploaded on 11/21/2011 for the course RTV 4931 taught by Professor Staff during the Fall '08 term at University of Florida.
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