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Unformatted text preview: t Professor of Philosophy at Lake Forest College, and William Martin, scholar in residence at the Kierkegaard Library in Copenhagen, JOURNAL OF BUSINESS ETHICS, January, 1998, p. 25. Let us first consider Kantianism. Its application to the Sadhu story elicits two classic problems with Kantian moral theory: one, that Kantianism provides no grounds for resolving conflicts between two duties of the same order; and, two, that sufficiently narrow maxims of action may be universalized even when the actions they characterize are ones that we are inclined to call impermissible. DEONTOLOGICAL VISION IS FLAWED AND DISEMPOWERING Michael J. Sandel, Professor of Government at Harvard University, LIBERALISM AND THE LIMITS OF JUSTICE, 1982, p. 177-8. But the deontological vision is flawed, both within its own terms and more generally as an account of our moral experience. Within its own terms, the deontological self, stripped of all possible constitutive attachments, is less liberated than disempowered. As we have seen, neither the right nor the good admits of the voluntarist derivation deontology requires. As agents of construction we do not really construct, and as agents of choice we do not really choose. What goes on behind the veil of ignorance is not a contract or an agreement but if anything a kind of discovery; and what goes on in "purely preferential choice" is less a choosing of ends than a matching of preexisting desires, undifferentiated as to worth, with the best available means of satisfying them. For the parties to the original position, as for the parties to ordinary deliberative rationality, the liberating moment fades before it arrives; the sovereign subject is left at sea in the circumstances it was thought to command. SLHS Value File DEONTOLOGY ROBS US OF UNIQUE IDENTITY Michael J. Sandel, Professor of Government at Harvard University, LIBERALISM AND THE LIMITS OF JUSTICE, 1982, p. 181-2. So to see ourselves as deontology would see us is to deprive us of those qualities of character, reflectiveness and friend...
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