Tuesday, October 17, 2006

Categorical Imperatives

Kant's first formulation of the Categorical Imperative was:
Act only according to that maxim by which you can at the same time will that it would become a universal law.
Bush's signing of the torture acceptability act Military Commissions Act is a basic repudiation of that formulation. Namely, the U.S. President can do whatever he/she wants but no one better do what we do. This is one of the most shameful acts that the Congress has done in my lifetime. Shameful in terms of disavowment of the Constitution--which used to stand for something sacred--and shameful in terms of it's moral implications.

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