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Kant- wrote "The Groundwork of The Metaphysics of Morals"

We discussed what would happen if Jigsaw knocked on your door, asking for your best friend when you knew where he/she was
would you: lie to protect your friend
tell the truth because jigsaw deserved it
tell the truth to save yourself (from getting killed)
-Kant would tell the truth because it is the right thing to do
-He believes that lying is immoral no matter what lie it is.
-He says that it is our duty to tell the truth even when it is harmful
-It is a sickness to society
-People have the right to the truth
-Right to truth in all of society
-A lie is something you say to be true (when you know it is false) in order to deceive someone
-A utilitarian would lie to protect his friend

Reductio Ad Absurdum- when a proposition is proved to be false because it leads to a contradiction to the original claim—> rejecting the proposition by showing that it leads to absurd consequences

We discussed whether we have an obligation to tell others the truth.
-obligation/duty= normative claims

We talked of the situation where you are equally best friends to person A and person B, they have been together for 3 years, and within that first year, A cheats on B. You know for sure that A cheated. 2 years later when B asks if you think anything has happened, what would you do? Lie and say you dont know/no, or tell the truth? Many people said it depended on certain factors, others feel they would tell, and some feel they would not, or they would say to ask A for the truth instead.

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