At the bottom of page 176 of Conduct and Character, Fred Feldman writes, “I cann

At the bottom of page 176 of Conduct and Character, Fred Feldman writes, “I cannot simultaneously help all of these individuals [everyone] achieve their rational goals. I must choose some to help and some to ignore. According to D4, it would follow that I have to treat some of them merely as a means. CI2 then yields the inevitable result that I act wrongly. This seems much too severe”. Do your best to answer Feldman’s critique of Kant here in “On Treating People as Ends in Themselves: A Critique of Kant”. Make the case that a Kantian can refrain from bringing about the rational goal of some person without at the same time also treating that person as a mere means. Specifically, find a way to argue that under a Kantian ethic A can help B and also refrain from helping some other person C, but in which A’s refraining from helping C does not mean that A treated C as a mere means. Formulate your response to Feldman as one defending Kantian Ethical Theory. Then find a way to argue for why the Kantian Ethical Theory is consistent with a Christian worldview ethic which also argues that persons should not be treated as mere means. Would a Christian agree with Kant on his basic ethical theory? If so, why? Where might a Christian and a Kantian ethical theorist diverge? Assignments not completed within the week will automatically receive a grade of zero.

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