Ethics 2-13-08

Ethics - Kant on Mary Marys act lacks moral worth b/c she chose to help only b/c she wants to So Sympathetic Marys helpful actions are not as

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2/13/08 Kant on Mary: Mary’s act lacks moral worth b/c she chose to help only b/c she wants to. So, Sympathetic Mary’s helpful actions are not as morally valuable as those same actions done purely from duty. Kant: To really test Mary’s moral worth, give her a mind full of grief or take away her kindly disposition, and let’s see if she goes about helping ppl then. If she does, then her action will “like a jewel… shine by itself, as something that has its full worth in itself” (p8, Kant) Section Two: Transition from popular moral philosophy to metaphysics of morals Isn’t this kind of empirical? Kant: Looking at examples and merely describing what ppl do in them is not sufficient for drawing conclusions about moral motivation Don’t look at the examples as cases just-so described; think of them as based on our rational appraisal of the agents in the scenarios. The issue is not: Whether ppl actually act out of pure duty, (an a posteriori issue) But Whether ppl, insofar as they are rational agents, act out of respect for moral duty (an
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This note was uploaded on 04/08/2008 for the course PHIL 37895 taught by Professor Chandler during the Winter '08 term at UCSB.

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Ethics - Kant on Mary Marys act lacks moral worth b/c she chose to help only b/c she wants to So Sympathetic Marys helpful actions are not as

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