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Lecture 77

PHIL 1200 Lecture 77: Lecture 77
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Philosophy
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PHIL 1200
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David R.Hampton

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lP78R Make some corrections where he thinks they are necessary (while preserving Kant’s intuitions to the extent that he can) To Begin with What is Kant up to Vellman’s answer: He tries to derive the content of our obligations from the very concept of an obligation So, what is an obligation or duty? It is a practical requirement, a claim about what one should do But the should here is not a mere suggestion Rather, it is a command, in the sense that it is inescapable In Kantian terms, it is Categorical Whatmoralityasksofusisnotconditionaluponourinterests(youshould exercise if you want to stay healthy) Neither is it something issued by an authority (you should drive on the right side of the street) What does this mean, in other words According to Velleman, the requirements of morality, being categorical, leave no room for questions about why we ought to obey them So if moral obligations (the Kantian Categoric
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