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It is the central tenet of the ethical theory of the German [#permalink] New post 11 Apr 2004, 09:42
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It is the central tenet of the ethical theory of the German Idealist thinker Immanuel Kant that a person must not be treated as a means to an end but as an end only unique unto herself or himself. Therefore, it is wrong to use animals for food or clothing, for in doing so, we reduce them to mere instrumentalities and fail to consider their uniqueness.

Which of the following, if true, is the best criticism of the speaker's use of Kant's ethical doctrine?
A) Kant never considered the possibility that animals might be deserving of ethical treatment
B) The use of animals for food and clothing is offensive to many people who themselves consider animals ends and not means
C) Kant implies that rehabilitation is not a legitimate objective of the penal system because it treats the criminal as an end
D) In nature, every animal is a petential source of nourishment for other animals below it on the food chain
E) Kant's conclusion about treating humans as ends rests upon the assumption that humans have the ability for rational thought
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 [#permalink] New post 11 Apr 2004, 10:05
I was debating between D and E. I will go with E.
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 [#permalink] New post 12 Apr 2004, 06:15
What about non carnivorous animals and vegetarian human beings.
Since Paul has posted this CR there must be some trick in it.
I will stick to my answer.

Opening statement of the argument assumes that humans know how to treat themselves and that needs rational brain.
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 [#permalink] New post 12 Apr 2004, 06:42
D here.

Anandnk, remember that the question is not asking for criticism of Kant's doctrine but "of the speaker's use of Kant's ethical doctrine".
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 [#permalink] New post 12 Apr 2004, 07:07
hi ndidi04,

I believe you are right. I just overlooked that aspect. I believe D should be the answer.

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 [#permalink] New post 12 Apr 2004, 18:55
OA is E. This is an LSAT question and I also missed this one. The official explanation is as follows:

The speaker relies on a key element of Kant's ethical theory to reach a conclusion about the ethical treatment of animals. But is the theory applicable to animals? Choice E answers that question by saying that the theory, taken on its own terms, applies only to people. Choice A is perhaps the third-best answer, for it can be read to suggest that Kant's failure to consider the possibility somehow vitiates the use made of the theory by the speaker. But the fact that the original proponent did not see all possible implications of a theory doesn't mean that the theory itself does not have those implications. Choice B is a fairly weak answer, unless you try to read it as saying those who use animals for food and clothing are behaving unethically because they give offense to others, but that seems a fairly attenuated reading. Choice C is pretty obviously irrelevant to the question of whether the argument can be applied to animals. And choice D may be the second-best answer, because it suggests, at least, that animals don't think -- they just eat. But to the extent that you want to use choice D to make that kind of argument(and there's nothing wrong with making a creative argument in school), in the testing environment, you should quickly see that choice E is the better, more direct route to the same conclusion
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 [#permalink] New post 14 Apr 2004, 06:10
Hi Paul,

I selected E in the first place for a wrong reason. I thought the entire statement is made by Kant. E sounded like an unreasonable assumption made by Dr Kant.
But the true reason as you explained is that "The doctrine is applied to a wrong scenario"
The intention is not to refute the theory but to refute the applicability of the theory.
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