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dc.contributor.advisorMoore, Andrew
dc.contributor.advisorEllis, Lisa
dc.contributor.authorBeckett, Trees M
dc.date.available2017-02-06T20:05:29Z
dc.date.copyright2017
dc.identifier.citationBeckett, T. M. (2017). Is Your Legacy To Yourself Or To Others And What Is Important For Morality? Modifying Kant’s Categorical Imperative. (Thesis, Master of Arts). University of Otago. Retrieved from http://hdl.handle.net/10523/7049en
dc.identifier.urihttp://hdl.handle.net/10523/7049
dc.description.abstractThis thesis builds on a conditional claim that Kant’s prudential account of happiness has implications for his account of morality and a new taxonomy of prudence and morality is proposed. Other-regarding and self-regarding contexts are distinguished as moral and prudential respectively. It is argued that morality is other-regarding only because self-regarding contexts do not meet the criteria for universalisation and the humanity formula only applies to other-regarding contexts. The primary exemplar is suicide. On Kant's own classification system the landscape around suicide changes significantly in both self-regarding and other-regarding contexts. This also has implications for Kant’s account of moral duties to self. In a self-regarding context the matter, when rational, is prudent and non-moral. It is argued that there is no moral basis for interference with a rational person’s decision about suicide and that there is no moral duty to self against suicide in this context.
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dc.publisherUniversity of Otago
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dc.subjectKant
dc.subjectSuicide
dc.subjectPrudential
dc.subjectRational Suicide
dc.subjectCategorical Imperative
dc.subjectMoral duties to self
dc.titleIs Your Legacy To Yourself Or To Others And What Is Important For Morality? Modifying Kant's Categorical Imperative.
dc.typeThesis
dc.date.updated2017-02-06T04:46:10Z
dc.language.rfc3066en
thesis.degree.disciplinePhilosophy
thesis.degree.nameMaster of Arts
thesis.degree.grantorUniversity of Otago
thesis.degree.levelMasters
otago.openaccessOpen
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