More about Kant…

A good question about Kant’s ethics…

Imagine you have the opportunity to take a photograph of a person who is about to starve to death.

Your motive is to help other folks who are starving.  The aid won’t arrive in time to help the person you are photographing.  Are you using the person as a means only?  If so, is it wrong?

You don’t have the means to help the person you will be photographing, but in doing so you may help others prevent this kind of death.

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  1. Tough question. …and I don’t think that it’s easy to answer. However, I have to ask myself whether isn’t this is what’s happened when we’re watching rolling film, on our TV screens, of people in Somalia who are starving and probably going to die of the lack of food. It strikes me that those who shot the film have chosen to take photographs of people who are starving and probably going to die in order to help others so as to prevent this kind of death.

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