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Running head: PHILOSOPHY
According to many people, it is at least occasionally permissible to lie. Kant seems to deny this,
advancing the view that all lies are impermissible. Explain in detail Kant’s argument for this
claim. Be sure to discuss how his view on lying is supposed to be derived from the concept of the
categorical imperative. What is your assessment of Kant’s position on lying?
Immanuel Kant is the greatest philosopher to champion against lies arguing that lying is
morally wrong and never right. He further posits that all human beings are born with an intrinsic
value also referred to as human dignity and as such as rational agents, capable of making their
own decisions independently. According to Kant therefore, by telling the truth, we can act
rationally of their own free will without undermining their dignity. He further notes that lying
corrupts the moral capacity of a human being. Therefore, even if a lie would bring joy and
prevent hurting people’s feelings, Kant’s school of thought is that by telling the truth we hold the
person with dignity despite the consequences.
Morality is based on categorical imperatives and as such, no one is exempted nor can
anyone opt out of morality. One of the formulations of categorical imperatives...
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