300 words. Please don’t bid unless you can answer to all the ppoints:
Is it ever morally permissible to lie to someone? Describe a circumstance in which it seems that lying might make more people happy than telling the truth. Would lying be the right thing to do in that circumstance, or is it our moral duty to tell the truth, even then? Consider what Immanuel Kant would say, and explain that with reference to this week’s readings. Then, offer your own perspective. If you agree with Kant, consider and respond to an objection to his view. If you disagree with Kant, explain why. Discuss the positive and negative aspects of deontological theory as it relates to another of the theories you have encountered in this course.(utilitarianism)
- O’Neill, O. (1993). A simplified account of Kant’s Ethics. In T. Regan (Ed.), Matters of Life and Death, 411-415. Retrieved from http://users.manchester.edu/Facstaff/SSNaragon/Online/texts/201/O’Neill,%20Kant.pdf
- O’Niel offers a simplified account of Kant’s ethics.
- Sayre-McCord, G. (2000). Kant’s “Grounding for the Metaphysics of Morals”. A very brief selective summary of sections I and II. Retrieved from http://www.unc.edu/~gsmunc/phil22/Kantsum.pdf
- A good summary, especially for those interested in the aspects of the view that go beyond the required portions of the text.
- George Zotkin. (2010, December 11). Joker’s social experiment [Video file]. Retrieved from https://youtu.be/K4GAQtGtd_0
- In this scene from The Dark Knight, we see various forms of ethical reasoning in determining whether or not it is acceptable to inflict harm on others when they have the potential to harm us. Transcript
- Toni112007. (2012, July 6). Inglroious basterds Hans Landa opening scene [Video file]. Retrieved from https://youtu.be/8uldpQpoZQM
- In the opening scene of Tarantino’s Inglorious Basterds, a French farmer is faced with the dilemma of lying to someone who is going to inflict harm on innocent people. Be sure to watch this scene after the media file from “bikram79” above. Transcript
- Velleman, J. D. (2014). Lectures on Kant’s Groundwork for the Metaphysics of Morals [Video playlist]. Retrieved from https://www.youtube.com/playlist?list=PLoX4xxkbESk3kxLrCXEc0_nen7K8olheE
- This playlist is a series of short lectures on Kant’s ethics from a leading scholar.