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categorical imperative

n.
In the philosophical system of Immanuel Kant, the requirement on any moral law that it apply unconditionally and equally to all rational beings.

categorical imperative

n
(Philosophy) (in the ethics of Kant) the unconditional moral principle that one's behaviour should accord with universalizable maxims which respect persons as ends in themselves; the obligation to do one's duty for its own sake and not in pursuit of further ends. Compare hypothetical imperative

categor′ical imper′ative


n.
the rule of Immanuel Kant that one's actions should be capable of serving as the basis of universal law.
[1820–30]
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Noun1.categorical imperative - the moral principle that behavior should be determined by duty
moral principle - the principle that conduct should be moral
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Neither did Kant when he devised the Categorical Imperative.
Categorical imperatives are ethical rules that can be justified as, in the words of Immanuel Kant (1997, p.
When did you last see an economist bolstering his theories by invoking Kantian categorical imperatives or Aristotelian notions of virtue?
Categorical imperatives are possible because lawfulness can be a condition of rational action.
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When I founded The Journal Jurisprudence many years ago, I thought the field was suffering without clear categorical imperatives and structure.
Since instrumentalism is the position that holds that hypothetical imperatives can by themselves and without the aid of categorical imperatives explain all valid forms of practical reasoning, the influential idea amounts to a rejection of instrumentalism as internally incoherent.
Categorical imperatives, simply put, consist of "doing the right thing," or a form of moral law.
15) See Philippa Foot, "Morality as a System of Hypothetical Imperatives," in her Virtues and Vices (Berkeley: University of California Press, 1978), wherein she challenges the Kantian notion that categorical imperatives are absolutely binding.
This text contains a clear presentation of the hypothetical and categorical imperatives in Kant.
Both ethics and aesthetics start from categorical imperatives which impose an unconditional obligation.
Categorical imperatives are principles that require individuals to perform or not to perform certain actions, regardless of the outcome that is personally desired.