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Kant’s Maxim




Kantianethics affirms the fact that the universe comprises of lawfullyabiding and generated items. In his maxim, Kant connects the reasonfor an action to a premeditated course (Baiasu, 2016). Kant alsoinsists that people know nothing unless they areaware of theirlaw requirements implying that reality and morality do not relate asfar as ethics is concerned. If everyone across the universe would actand behave according to theprinciplestated by Kant, then the society would be characterized bycontradiction, dilemmas, and poor relationships among people (Dicker,2013). Most people would behave according to their sentiments otherthan considering others which would contradict the laws of nature

Thesecond test of Kant insists that contradiction might be the Maxim,but it cannot become universal (Immanuel Kant`s Groundwork for themetaphysics of morals: a commentary, 2015). Kant relates hisideologies to helping other people get through or deal withsituations in life. Additionally, Kant says that the world wouldbecome adangerousplace if people would not help others who are in need. Kant shows adislike for the consequences likely to arise. In the doctor’sscenario, it is right to conclude that the physicianupholdsthe maxim by choosing not to tell the friend abouthis shaken health status. Therefore, the doctor is right in makingthe decision because he explores other possible outcomes and sees thesituation worse if he informs the friend.

Thedoctor figures out the best way to help his friend, but he getscaughtin a dilemma. The doctor knows the consequences that would arise ifhe told him and optedeither not to tellhim directly or inform the family and together find the best way tohelp. However, the doctor should develop the best approach to informhis patient friend regarding the condition. Afterward, he should helphim deal with the situation.

Imay agree with your answer since you offered justification on privategrounds. My answer stands a better chance of universal acceptabilitysince a majority of the individuals are considerate about others. Thedoctorisnot telling the patient that he is going to dieto makeit easy toat least prolong the patient’s lifesince worries get eliminated in the process. According to Kant, theaction undertaken by the Doctor is permissible based on his will andthe state of the patient.


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