August 19, 2006

WEEKEND SPECIAL: DISCUSSING MORAL PHILOSOPHY WITH A GOAT


It is the usual policy of the weekend Goat Rope edition to feature learned commentaries of bantam rooster and noted free market economist Dr. Denton "Denny" Dimwit.

We regard Dr. Dimwit--and indeed most forms of poultry--as much more intelligent than other exponents of the totally unrestrained market school of economics.

However, due to the credible threat of sabotage from other animals on Goat Rope Farm, we are forced to open this edition to other voices. As one may imagine, Dr. Dimwit is quite indignant about this and is consoling himself as best he can with his BIG hen.

Today's post features a discussion with alpine dairy goat Arcadia S. Venus about the moral philosophy of the German Enlightment thinker Immanuel Kant.

THE GOAT ROPE INTERVIEW

GR: Venus, thanks for joining us in this discussion of moral philosophy and of Kant's theory of the categorical imperative, which he believed was the unconditional sense of moral obligation in all rational creatures.

VENUS: I want some alfalfa cubes.

GR: Kant expressed the categorical imperative in two forms. The first was that we should regard our actions as if they were universal maxims. For example, if we are contemplating a course of action, we should ask whether we would want everyone to do the same.

VENUS: That's what I'm screaming. I want everyone to want to give me some alfalfa cubes.

GR: He also expressed it another way by saying we are obligated to regard others as an end in themselves rather than as a means to an end.

VENUS: How are those alfalfa cubes coming?

GOAT ROPE ADVISORY LEVEL: ELEVATED

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