Re: quotes that can

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    >From: "Wade T.Smith" <>
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    >Subject: quotes that can
    >Date: Wed, 27 Feb 2002 08:39:47 -0500
    >In my emailbox this morning-
    >"So act that your principle of action might safely be made a law for the
    >whole world." -Immanuel Kant, philosopher (1724-1804)
    As the categorical imperative, doesn't that morsel of wisdom get into hairy
    situations when applying it to all sorts of stituations? The typical
    casuistric retort would be whether to lie to Nazis knocking at the front
    door if you are harboring Jews in your basement. Would you want the act of
    lying to become a law for the world? Yet would you say that your friends are
    hiding in the basement?

    There's the difference between acting on principles and considering
    consequences. What if by acting on general principle one inadvertantly sets
    the stage for the greatest evil on Earth?

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