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Kant Universal Law Formation of the Categorical ImperativeImmanuel Kants philosophy frames the Universal Law Formation of the Categorical Imperative as a procedure for determining morality of actions This method contains two vital components First one creates a maxim and decides whether or not the maxim can be used as a universal law for all rational beings Then one determines whether all rational beings would want it to be the universal law There are no exceptions if the maxim passes both components A moral action according to Kant is if the issue at hand passes both parts of the Universal Law Formation of the Categorical Imperative For example if a doctor is confronted by a loved one of someone who has recently been a victim of homicide and they ask if it was accidental what should they say if it was not According to Kant they must decide which maxim to create and based on the test which action to perform The maxim would be when answering the question regarding the nature of the death one should always tell the truth The first step of the Universal Law Formation of the Categorical Imperative obligates that a maxim be universally applicable to all rational beings The above maxim passed the first stage This is easily understandable because we can easily imagine a doctor answering truthfully to this confrontation Therefore this maxim is logical and everyone can abide by it The next sensible step is to apply the second stage of the test The second requirement is that a rational being would will this maxim to become a universal law To test this you need to decide whether that in every case possible a rational being would believe that the morally correct action is to tell the truth First its obvious that the loved one expects to know the truth of the death A lie would only spare her feelings if she believed it to be the
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