Applying a Categorical Imperative

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Applying a Categorical Imperative

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Part 1: Kant’s text and the textbook discuss two “formulations” or ways of expressing Kant’s Categorical Imperative, the “Formula of Universal Law” and the “Formula of Humanity.” For each formula, Kant considers four test cases to explain how it applies: Suicide, False Promises, Cultivating One’s Talents, and Beneficence. 1. Engage with the text: Choose one of these test cases (it can be from either formula), and explain in your own words the reasoning that leads to the conclusion Kant defends. You should first explain the Categorical Imperative itself, focusing on the particular formula you are considering, and then carefully show how that principle leads to a particular conclusion. 2. Reflect on the theories: Would a utilitarian come to a different conclusion? If so, explain why. If a utilitarian would come to the same conclusion in this case, could there be a variation in the case that would lead the utilitarian and Kant to come to different conclusions? 3. Reflect on yourself: Do you agree with Kant’s conclusion? If not, explain the flaws in his reasoning. If you do agree, and you think a utilitarian would come to a different conclusion in this or a slightly varied case, why do you think that Kant’s reasoning is superior to the utilitarian’s? (You may want to consult section 4.3, “Challenges to Kant’s Theory” for help with this section). Part 2: This week, we will consider how deontology applies to Discrimination vs. Religious Freedom: The Wedding Cake Baker. Please read the following two articles: George, R. and Girgis, S. (2017, Dec. 4). A baker’s first amendment rights. The New York Times. Retrieved from (Links to an external site.)Links to an external site. Corvino, J. (2017, Nov. 27). Drawing a line in the ‘gay wedding cake’ case. The New York Times. Retrieved from (Links to an external site.)Links to an external site.? Then apply the Categorical Imperative (either version) while exploring the ethics of the issue.

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