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What would Kant do?

Need some help here...

Say a mad axe man knocks on my door and asks if my wife (whom I love) is in. Am I compelled by Kant's Categorial Imperative not to tell a lie? or is it ok to lie to mad axe men?

To put my question another way does telling white lies go against universal reason?

What would Kant do?

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    Simon Paynton

    I can never be bothered to follow all that stuff, it seems a bit weird, which is probably why it's never caught on.  What works in one situation doesn't necessarily work in another.  A few virtues can be said to be valid 100% of the time, and I don't consider telling the truth to be one of them.  Which is worse - lying to a mad axe man, or letting your wife be murdered?  In that situation you would need to keep your nerve. 

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      Ben wright

      Yeah you would have to tell the truth because in the long run telling the truth about everything would benefit more than it would hurt. According to Kant.
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