Skip to main content
  • Video
  • 5 minutes

Kant's Axe

Updated Tuesday, 18th November 2014
This animation explores Kant's thinking on lies. 

This page was published over 8 years ago. Please be aware that due to the passage of time, the information provided on this page may be out of date or otherwise inaccurate, and any views or opinions expressed may no longer be relevant. Some technical elements such as audio-visual and interactive media may no longer work. For more detail, see how we deal with older content.

If a sinister looking man carrying an axe knocked on your door and asked you where your best friend was, would it be morally acceptable to tell a lie. Immanuel Kant, surprisingly, thought it wouldn’t. The example of the would-be murderer in this animation is his. 

 

Become an OU student

Ratings & Comments

Share this free course

Copyright information

Skip Rate and Review

For further information, take a look at our frequently asked questions which may give you the support you need.

Have a question?