Volume 34, 2018
Philosophical Traditions in Europe
The Interpretations of Violence and Lie in the European Philosophical Tradition: Immanuel Kant
In the modern ethical discourse there are multiple polemics on ethical absolutism, bringing to the forefront two commandments - “you shall not murder” (commonly expanded to non-committing of violence) and “you shall not lie”. To understand the meaning of this polemics it is very important to turn to the European philosophical-ethical tradition (to the ideas of Kant in this case). This paper highlights the thought that two principles, mentioned above, were not equal to Kant. If lie was impossible for him, then violence turned out to be permissible.