Is it ever morally permissible to lie to someone? Describe a circumstance in which it seems that lying might make more people happy than telling the truth. Would lying be the right thing to do in that circumstance, or is it our moral duty to tell the truth, even then? Consider what Immanuel Kant would say, and explain that with reference to this week’s readings. Then, offer your own perspective. If you agree with Kant, consider and respond to an objection to his view. If you disagree with Kant, explain why. Discuss the positive and negative aspects of deontological theory as it relates to another of the theories you have encountered in this course.
O’Neill, O. (1993). A simplified account of Kant’s Ethics. In T. Regan (Ed.), Matters of Life and Death, 411-415. Retrieved from http://users.manchester.edu/Facstaff/SSNaragon/Online/texts/201/O’Neill,%20Kant.pdf
Sayre-McCord, G. (2000). Kant’s “Grounding for the Metaphysics of Morals”. A very brief selective summary of sections I and II. Retrieved from http://www.unc.edu/~gsmunc/phil22/Kantsum.pdf