Philosophy Midterm

Philosophy Midterm - Is it permissible to kill the boy...

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Is it permissible to kill the boy? Based on Immanuel Kant's theory of duty ethics, it is not permissible to kill the boy. According to Kant, murder is not logically consistent. Murder is generally recognized as a bad deed and if they decide to kill the boy, they are committing murder. Interpreting Kant's theory, if you are committing a bad deed for a supposedly good cause, it is not logically consistent. Also, there is no general rule that says it is alright to feed on an individual because he will most likely die first from a group of people and has nothing to lose. According to Kant, this is called the categorical imperative which means that an act cannot be moral if a universal rule cannot be made justifying it. Another reason why Kant will consider this immoral is because of his belief that no human being should be used as a means for another person's end. This is called the practical imperative and it explains why feeding on the 10 year old boy for nourishment is immoral.
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This note was uploaded on 02/20/2012 for the course H/A 121 taught by Professor Alamo during the Spring '12 term at Morgan.

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