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Categorical Imperative

The Categorical Imperative “A categorical imperative would be one which represented an action as objectively necessary in itself, without reference to any other purpose” (Kant, brainyquote.com). Immanuel Kant along with some other great philosophers was a central figure in modern philosophy. His ethical theory provides an account of general duties and a justification of moral motivation. During Kant’s life span from 1724-1804 he studied many different topics in philosophy but his main study...

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categorical imperative

Explain with examples, Kant's theory of the Categorical Imperative Kant believed that there is an 'objective moral law' this meant, he did not depend on a point of view. If there is a moral law there is a duty to obey this law. To act morally, it is necessary to have a good will for example to help someone just because it would be the right thing to do in the certain situation. Morality is made up of 'categorical imperatives' meaning that you should do something simply because they are the correct...

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Kant and Categorical Imperatives

actions whether they are moral or not, we use many moral dilemmas. One of them is Kant's categorical imperative. This essay presents Kant's project of categorical imperative. Then, I will explain that rulers should appeal to Kant's categorical imperative when making foreign policy decision. In order to support my point of view, I will give importance to the reasons of why rulers appeal to categorical imperative when making foreign policy, so I have two reasons for this. One of them is that states...

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Kant Categorical Imperative

Kant’s Categorical Imperative Kant’s Categorical Imperative is made up of two formulations, Formula of Universal Law and The Formula of the End in Itself. The first formulation is best described by the following statement, “Act only according to that maxim whereby you can at the same time will that it should become a universal law without contradiction.” (Kant, 1785, 1993). What does this mean? A maxim is the fundamental rule of conduct or your moral belief upon which you chose to act. A...

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Categorical Imperative vs. Utilitarianism

that needed the fever serum. We are going to look at this situation from Immanuel Kant’s categorical imperative, Mills principle of Utilitarianism, the number principle, and my comparing it other scenarios discussed in class. Categorical Imperative, a term coined by Immanuel Kant, argues that moral requirements are based on a standard of rationality. Immorality is a violation to the categorical imperative and is thereby irrational. Individuals that posses equal self worth deserve equal self-respect...

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Summary of Kants categorical imperative

solution is called the ‘categorical imperative’. The categorical imperative can be basically defined as “Always act so that you can will the rule of your action to be a universal law.”  It is ‘categorical’ because it is not ‘hypothetical’ or ‘contingent’ on anything, but is always and everywhere ‘universal’.  That is, there is no “if” clause to any moral act, but only the imperative clause (*not: you should do X if Y; but: you should do X!)  It is called an ‘imperative’ because it is a command...

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Deontology and the Categorical Imperative Applied to the Adelphia Communications Scandal

Deontology and the Categorical Imperative Applied to the Adelphia Communications Scandal In July of 2002, five officials of the Adelphia cable-television company were arrested on the charge of gross corporate fraud conducted by members of the Rigas family. The events which transpired during the Adelphia scandal were some of the most egregious to date with an estimated "$100 million, hiding more than $2 billion in debt the family incured, and lying to the public about Adelphia's operations and...

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Kant: the Universal Law Formation of the Categorical Imperative

Kant: the Universal Law Formation of the Categorical Imperative Kantian philosophy outlines the Universal Law Formation of the Categorical Imperative as a method for determining morality of actions. This formula is a two part test. First, one creates a maxim and considers whether the maxim could be a universal law for all rational beings. Second, one determines whether rational beings would will it to be a universal law. Once it is clear that the maxim passes both prongs of the test, there...

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Categorical Imperative

categorical imperative n. In the ethical system of Immanuel Kant, an unconditional moral law that applies to all rational beings and is independent of any personal motive or desire QUICK FACTS * NAME: Immanuel Kant * OCCUPATION: Philosopher * BIRTH DATE: April 22, 1724 * DEATH DATE: February 12, 1804 * PLACE OF BIRTH: Kaliningrad (now Konigsburg), Russia * PLACE OF DEATH: Kaliningrad (now Konigsburg), Russia Profile Immanuel Kant was born on April 22, 1724, in Kaliningrad...

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Explain Kant's Categorical Imperative

A. Explain Kant’s Categorical Imperative The Categorical Imperative was a deontological, absolute, normative and secular theory put forward by Immanuel Kant in the 18th century. Kant’s theory was deontological which means that it judges morality based on a person’s action rather than the outcome, it is also secular, this means that , even though Kant is religious, his theory is not, his theory is judgemental which means the theory is normative and it is also absolute which means that Kant believes...

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