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Kant, the Categorical Imperative

Paul Pryor Lorentz

on 21 May 2014

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Transcript of Deontology

Categorical Imperative
1) The Despairing Man Scenario
Act only on that maxim which you can at the same time wish to become a universal law
(or law of nature)
Ends vs. Means
1724 - 1804. German. One of the most influential thinkers ever.
Utilitarianism focuses solely on the Ends
Deontology focuses solely on the means
2) Loan Taker, Promise Maker
3) Talented, but lazy
4) Can't be bothered
Any time that you need to make a moral decision
means there is a problem to be solved.

Goal or purpose
Actions that get you
to the end
Intrinsic vs Instrumental
Natural philosophy tries to understand the way things are.
Moral philosophy tries to understand the way things should be.
For Utilitarians:
For Kant:
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