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PHIL 1200 Lecture 68: Lecture 68

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PHIL 1200
David R.Hampton

lD82R If we happen to be part of the famine situation, we have to obey the rules of justice, regardless of the result they may have to us and those around us This involves not cheating, not coercing others for more food, providing for one’s dependents If we are an outsider that deals with a country that has a famine problem, we should not take advantage of the situation for gain The most important thing about these Kantian obligations is that they are based on our intentions alone and not on any outcome (contrary to Utilitarianism) Thus, even if being greedy and selfish leads to greater prosperity for the whole, it is to be avoided on Kantian grounds, because greed itself is bad Kantian Ethics ~ Continued Quick review of Kant’s Moral Views What makes an action morally right or wrong is not its consequences, but the motive of the person performing it The only
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