Can Positive Duties be Derived from Kant's Formula of Universal Law?

Kantian Review 19 (1):93-108 (2014)
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Abstract

According to the standard reading of Kant's formula of universal law (FUL), positive duties can be derived from FUL. In this article, I argue that the standard reading does not work. In the first section, I articulate FUL and what I mean by a positive duty. In the second section, I set out an intuitive version of the standard reading of FUL and argue that it does not work. In the third section, I set out a more rigorous version of the standard reading of FUL and argue that even this more rigorous version does not work.

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Samuel J. M. Kahn
Indiana University Purdue University, Indianapolis

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