Southwest Philosophy Review 36 (1):113-120 (2020)

Samuel J. M. Kahn
Indiana University Purdue University, Indianapolis
In this paper I am going to raise a problem for recent attempts to derive positive duties from Kant’s universalizability tests. In particular, I argue that these recent attempts are subject to reductio and that the most obvious way of patching them renders them impracticable. I begin by explaining the motivation for these attempts. Then I describe how they work and begin my attack. I conclude by considering some patches.
Keywords Kantian ethics  Kant’s ethics  Categorical imperative  Formula of universal law  Formula of a law of nature  Positive duties  Maxim contraries  Onora O’Neill  Acting on principle  Universalizability tests
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DOI 10.5840/swphilreview202036113
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