Positive Duties, Kant’s Universalizability Tests, and Contradictions

Southwest Philosophy Review 36 (1):113-120 (2020)
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In this paper I am going to raise a problem for recent attempts to derive positive duties from Kant’s universalizability tests. In particular, I argue that these recent attempts are subject to reductio and that the most obvious way of patching them renders them impracticable. I begin by explaining the motivation for these attempts. Then I describe how they work and begin my attack. I conclude by considering some patches.
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