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  Kant's Moral Philosophy (Stanford Encyclopedia of Philosophy)
But this imperative is not categorical in Kant's sense, since it does not apply to us simply because we are rational enough to understand and act on it, or simply because we possess a rational will.
Imperatives of etiquette apply to us simply because prevailing customs single us out as appropriate objects of appraisal by standards of politeness, whether we accept those standards or not.
A hypothetical imperative is thus a command in a conditional form.
plato.stanford.edu /entries/kant-moral   (11653 words)

  
  Categorical imperative
The categorical imperative is the philosophical concept central to the moral philosophy of Immanuel Kant and to modern deontological ethics.
A categorical imperative would denote an absolute, unconditional requirement that exerts its authority in all circumstances, and is both required and justified as an end in itself.
A categorical imperative is the one and only basis for all moral statements, because a hypothetical imperative would depend on the subjective desires of the rational actors, rendering it powerless to compel moral action.
www.brainyencyclopedia.com /encyclopedia/c/ca/categorical_imperative.html   (3214 words)

  
  Andrew Wille - The Categorical Imperative   (Site not responding. Last check: )
Of the three classes of imperatives, the categorical imperative is the only class which brings about moral action.
Kant provides two more formulas which represent the same categorical imperative but are necessary in that they accent a slightly different part of the categorical imperative.
  The categorical imperative conveys a sense of
home.uchicago.edu /~awille/Andrew_Wille-The_Categorical_Imperative.htm   (1682 words)

  
  Categorical imperative - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia
The categorical imperative is the philosophical concept central to the moral philosophy of Immanuel Kant and to modern deontological ethics.
A categorical imperative would denote an absolute, unconditional requirement that exerts its authority in all circumstances, and is both required and justified as an end in itself.
A categorical imperative is the one and only basis for all moral statements, because a hypothetical imperative would depend on the subjective desires of the rational actors, rendering it powerless to compel moral action.
en.wikipedia.org /wiki/Categorical_imperative   (3210 words)

  
 Wikinfo | Categorical Imperative   (Site not responding. Last check: )
The answer may lie in the fundamental motivation for the Categorical Imperative - it is essentially based on a conception of fairness and universalizability.
There is nothing in the categorical imperative to discern that this is not a moral imperative for it is easily something which one would wish to be universaily applied, and this universal application would lead to no irrational contradictions.
The categorical imperative on its own cannot differentiate between a conditional maxim and one that is truly moral--this requires a longer and more complex method of reasoning.
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The only principle which fulfills these requirements is the categorical imperative which dictates the universalizability of our actions: "act only on that maxim by which you can at the same time will that it should become a universal law." Morality, then, consists of choosing only those actions that conform to the categorical imperative.
A categorical imperative, by contrast, is an absolute command, such as "you shall treat people with respect," which is not based on subjective considerations.
Finally, categorical imperatives are synthetic a priori, since the statement "you shall treat people with respect," is not true by definition, and is not known by means of the senses.
www.nd.edu /~rbarger/categorical-imperative.html   (928 words)

  
 Categorical imperative information - Search.com
The categorical imperative is the philosophical concept central to the moral philosophy of Immanuel Kant and to modern deontological ethics.
A categorical imperative is the one and only basis for all moral statements, because a hypothetical imperative would depend on the subjective desires of the rational actors, rendering it powerless to compel moral action.
But this would violate the categorical imperative because it denies the basis for there to be free rational action at all; it denies the status of a person as an end in himself.
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 PEA Soup: What is a Categorical Imperative?
This captures the intuitive idea that a categorical imperative is “one that each person has reason to follow no matter what her desires” (as Jamie Dreier puts it in his paper in the Cullity and Gaut book).
Given that for him the distinction is between hypothetical and categorical imperatives, and given that hypothetical imperatives are conditional upon something contingent about the agent (more on that in a sec), the contrast means that categorical imperatives' bindingness is not conditional on anything contingent about the agent's volitional makeup.
The proposal is this: a "categorical imperative" is a categorical USE of "ought", which consists in rhetorically presupposing the relevant end (or engaging in a practice parasitic upon this rhetorical use).
peasoup.typepad.com /peasoup/2006/03/what_is_a_categ.html   (8501 words)

  
 Imperative - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia
Imperative programming, in computer science, a programming paradigm
Imperative mood, a grammatical mood expressing commands, direct requests, and prohibitions
Categorical imperative and Hypothetical imperative - ethical terms introduced by Immanuel Kant
en.wikipedia.org /wiki/Imperative   (100 words)

  
 CATHOLIC ENCYCLOPEDIA: Categorical Imperative
existence of a categorical imperative a priori from the idea of the
The theory of the categorical imperative is, moreover, inconsistent.
Kant sets forth the categorical imperative in his "Fundamental Principles of the Metaphysics of Morals" (1785) and his "Critique of Practical Reason" (1788).
www.newadvent.org /cathen/03432a.htm   (977 words)

  
 The Categorical Imperative
The Categorical Imperative was formulated by Immanuel Kant as an attempt to provide a criteria through which to judge moral law.
The Categorical Imperative is Kant bases his entire argument on reason, he believed that statements about the moral law were a priori and could be reached through logic alone, independent of experience.
As Kant argues his Categorical Imperative is based entirely on logic he believes that all members of the society would come to the same conclusions about moral law because they are all working under the same rational law.
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 Categorical Imperative
Categorical Imperative is supposed to provide a way for us to evaluate moral actions and to make moral judgments.
Hypothetical imperatives are commands that apply only in particular circumstances, for particular people who happen to have these desires, these goals.
The Kantian categorical imperative focuses on all humans and how one would value or prefer people to act towards all humans and not merely or simply to one's own self.
www2.sunysuffolk.edu /pecorip/SCCCWEB/ETEXTS/MEDICAL_ETHICS_TEXT/Chapter_2_Ethical_Traditions/Categorical_Imperative.htm   (2120 words)

  
 The Categorical Imperative
We might also call the first kind of imperatives technical (belonging to art), the second pragmatic [2] (to welfare), the third moral (belonging to free conduct generally, that is, to morals).
Secondly, in the case of this categorical imperative or law of morality, the difficulty (of discerning its possibility) is a very profound one.
Now if all imperatives of duty can be deduced from this one imperative as from their principle, then, although it should remain undecided what is called duty is not merely a vain notion, yet at least we shall be able to show what we understand by it and what this notion means.
ghc.ctc.edu /HUMANITIES/DLARSON/kant.htm   (3965 words)

  
 categorical-imperatives-virtues
In this approach, a categorical imperative is tied up with personhood and has an "ought" on the means and an "ought" on the goal.
It means that you cannot walk away from the obligation to cultivate certain virtues because you cannot walk away from the goal of being or actualizing your personhood.
In Kant’s terminology, this is a categorical imperative.
facstaff.elon.edu /sullivan/categorical-imperatives-virtues.htm   (1627 words)

  
 Drifty's Rants - -
The categorical imperative was designed to be something that anyone could use and would be something that everyone essentially knew on there own.
This lead the imperative to be based on the Law of Thoughts.
Another key point about the categorical imperative is the idea of a rational beings and people.
www.ocf.berkeley.edu /~bac/DR/ethics/categorical_imperative.php   (578 words)

  
 Mayim - God, Man and Morality in the Akedah
He sees this imperative as existing in a metaphysical sense (from a modern perspective, we might call it a psychological constant).
To act in a moral way for fear of punishment or reproach is not to be genuinely moral; whatever its benefits for society, it is inferior to the pure morality he outlines.
Whilst we hope man is able to recognise morality in the form of the categorical imperative, this does not mean that man is able to intuit it.
www.mayim.edu /texts/akedah.html   (1548 words)

  
 Immanuel Kant -- Metaphysics [Internet Encyclopedia of Philosophy]
Each of the four paralogisms explains the categorical structure of reason that led the rational psychologists to mistake the self as it appears to us for the self as it is in itself.
The categorical imperative is Kant's famous statement of this duty: "Act only according to that maxim by which you can at the same time will that it should become a universal law."
The moral imperative is unconditional; that is, its imperative force is not tempered by the conditional "if I want to achieve some end, then do X." It simply states, do X. Kant believes that reason dictates a categorical imperative for moral action.
www.utm.edu /research/iep/k/kantmeta.htm   (9445 words)

  
 Categorical Imperative - Search Results - MSN Encarta
Categorical Imperative - Search Results - MSN Encarta
Categorical Imperative, term coined by the German philosopher Immanuel Kant to designate what he considered an unconditional, necessary, and...
A major contribution to ethics was made later in the 18th century by the German philosopher Immanuel Kant in his...
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 Bomb Online: In Support of the Categorical Imperative   (Site not responding. Last check: )
Kant not only proposes this categorical imperative, he also gives several examples of how he would apply the imperative: in particular, he presents four moral dilemmas and "solves" them all by applying the categorical imperative.
I will not waste time explaining the virtues of the categorical imperative because Kant did a fine job himself; I will however state that the categorical imperative is a good basis for a moral theory if and only if a decent system exists for its application.
The best way to find the right size maxim is built directly into the categorical imperative itself: if the categorical imperative directs us to act as we would will to be universal, then we should choose the size of our maxims such that we would will that size of maxim to be universal.
www.dartmouth.edu /~nrrinard/writ/kant.shtml   (2015 words)

  
 Immanuel Kant and the Categorical Imperative
So he says that in order for an act to be categorically imperative, it must be thought to be good in itself and in conformity to reason.
As a categorical imperative, it asks us whether or not we can "universalize" our actions, that is, whether it would be the case that others would act in accordance with the same rule in a similar circumstance.
With the categorical imperative becomes the guiding principle of morality, it becomes the impetus for determining whether an act is moral or not.
sguthrie.net /kant.htm   (3370 words)

  
 Kant
The notion of a categorical imperative can be understood in contrast to that of a hypothetical imperative.
What is distinctive about a categorical imperative is that it tells you how to act regardless of what end or goal you might desire.
Coercion and deception are paradigm violations of the categorical imperative.
facweb.bcc.ctc.edu /wpayne/kant.htm   (761 words)

  
 Categorical Imperative
Suppose that to gain some advantage I make a promise, intending not to keep it: were I to will that everyone may break their promises, I would in effect be willing for the institution of promising to break down; in which case I could not use it as I originally tried to.
The imperative is categorical because not conditional on one's own desires, like 'If you want money, work hard' (an imperative which Kant would call hypothetical).
Problems arise in deciding when the categorical imperative does indeed apply, and whether hypothetical imperatives are really imperatives at all.
www.philosophyprofessor.com /philosophies/categorical-imperative.php   (202 words)

  
 Exiles - Political, and Philosophical Observations
Kant’s moral principle, the categorical imperative, is not effective for identifying our moral obligations on a practical level, but has some use for philosophical speculation in the realms of meta- ethics.
As a theist, Kant has to square his moral philosophy with his religion (or reject his religion, and thereby God resulting in further problems with regards to abstraction and the Categorical Imperative) or he is open to the charge of abstraction again.
So, not only is this equality of respect practically unworkable and the notion imprecise, the categorical imperative is open to a certain amount of "abuse".
noumenal.net /exiles/kant.html   (2107 words)

  
 Catallarchy » Kennedy’s Categorical Imperative   (Site not responding. Last check: )
The leap of logic taken from the statement, “It is in my self-interest if everyone respects rights rather than if everyone does not respect rights” to the statement “I ought to respect rights” requires Kant’s categorical imperative.
The categorical imperative is no solution to the Prudent Predator.
I’ve also explicitly stated that the fact that others believing in objective morality would be good for one is not a valid argument for accepting objective morality or refraining from being a predator.
catallarchy.net /blog/archives/2004/08/03/kennedys-categorical-imperative   (2849 words)

  
 Philosophical Dictionary: Caird-Catharsis
A hypothetical imperative (of the form, "If you want X, then do A.") is always conditioned on something else, but a categorical imperative (of the form "Do A.") is absolute and universal.
A logical argument consisting of exactly three categorical propositions, two premises and the conclusion, with a total of exactly three categorical terms, each used in only two of the propositions.
Each categorical term divides the world into two parts: the original class and its complement; the things to which the term applies and those to which it does not.
www.philosophypages.com /dy/c.htm   (1327 words)

  
 Moral Philosophy by Roger Jones
He thinks that as rational beings we are able to judge whether any action is moral by asking if the action is consistent with the categorical imperative.
One formulation of the categorical imperative is, "Act only on that maxim (intention) whereby at the same time you can will that it shall become a universal law".
What Kant means by this is that they way that we judge an action to be moral is to universalise it: If I want to know if telling a lie on a particular occasion is justifiable, I must try to imagine what would happen if everyone was to lie.
www.philosopher.org.uk /moral.htm   (909 words)

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