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PHIL 1200 Lecture 70: Lecture 70

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University of Manitoba
PHIL 1200
David R.Hampton

oD82 Punishing might increase the amount of misery in the world, but that is okay, since, after all, the offender deserve the punishment What does Kant base his opinion on? The fact that people are rational agents, and should be treated as ends and not means People are autonomous to decide about their actions We should not try to mold them into what we would want them to be, through correction But when they act in evil ways, people should expect to be punished What should punishments be like? People should be punished simply because they have committed crimes, and for no other reason Otherwise, they would be treated as means The punishment people receive should be proportionate to the seriousness of the crime Punishment for Kant is a matter of justice It stems from the categorical imperative According to the rational of the categorical imperative, th
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