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Kant the Universal Law Formation of the Categorical Imperative Kantian philosophy outlines the Universal Law Formation of theCategorical Imperative as a method for determining morality of actionsThis formula is a two part test First one creates a maxim andconsiders whether the maxim could be a universal law for all rationalbeings Second one determines whether rational beings would will it tobe a universal law Once it is clear that the maxim passes both prongsof the test there are no exceptions As a paramedic faced with adistraught widow who asks whether her late husband suffered in hisaccidental death you must decide which maxim to create and based on thetest which action to perform The maxim when answering a widowsinquiry as to the nature and duration of her late husbands death oneshould always tell the truth regarding the nature of her late husbandsdeath M1 passes both parts of the Universal Law Formation of theCategorical Imperative Consequently according to Kant M1 is a moral The initial stage of the Universal Law Formation of the CategoricalImperative requires that a maxim be universally applicable to allrational beings M1 succeeds in passing the first stage We can easilyimagine a world in which paramedics always answer widows truthfully whenqueried Therefore this maxim is logical and everyone can abide by itwithout causing a logical impossibility The next logical step is to The second requirement is that a rational being would will this maximto become a universal law In testing this part you must decide whetherin every case a rational being would believe that the morally correctaction is to tell the truth First it is clear that the widow expectsto know the truth A lie would only serve to spare her feelings if shebelieved it to be the truth Therefore even people who would considerlying to her must concede that the correct and expected action is totell the truth By asking she has already decided good
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