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Proceedings of the XXII World Congress of Philosophy

Volume 10, 2008

Ethics

Ryan Fanselow
Pages 91-99
DOI: 10.5840/wcp22200810976

A Kantian Solution to Thompson’s Puzzle about Justice

In a recent paper, Michael Thompson (2006) argues that there is a problem about justice that holds for Aristotlean, Humean, and Kantian views of ethics. To see his problem, consider the normative judgment that “X wronged Y by killing her.” Thompson thinks that Aristotelian, Humean, and Kantian views can show why X did something wrong by killing Y but they cannot show that X wronged Y, at least not without taking on intolerable moral, metaphysical, or epistemological commitments. I argue that the Kantian can solve this problem without taking on any intolerable commitments, given the way that duties are derived from the categorical imperative.

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