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Kant's Categorical Imperative

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Hamer Jhon Feruelo

on 12 September 2013

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Transcript of Kant's Categorical Imperative

Kant's Categorical Imperative
The Categorical Imperative was formulated by Immanuel Kant as an attempt to provide a criteria through which to judge moral law.
It is a deontological approach to morality, i. e. it relies not on the consequences of an action but on whether an action is right or wrong for its own sake.
Types of Imperatives
1. Hypothetical Imperative
2. Categorical Imperative
Formulations of the Categorical Imperative
For Kant the most important aim for humankind is the development of the good will. This is achieved through the application of The Categorical Imperative to moral law and moral decision making. Kant's theory does not rely on the existence of god for it is based entirely on logic and rationality. For Kant, God is served when mankind acts morally toward itself using reason and logic.
Kant's Categorical Imperative
Kant's Categorical Imperative
Immanuel Kant
Kant basis 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.
Hypothetical Imperative
It is entirely dependent on the consequences.
"I will do A to ensure that B and in turn C happen."
It is not based on any consequences but performs for the sake of duty only.
Formulation of the Law of Nature
"act as if the maxim of your action was to become through your will a universal law of nature."
Formula of the End
in Itself
"act in such a way that you always treat humanity, in your own person or in that of any other, not simply as a means to an end but as an end in itself."
Formula of the Kingdom of Ends
"act as if you were through your maxims a law making member of a kingdom of ends."
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