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  • Categorical Imperative
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    Immanuel Kant was a de ontologist, who believed that right actions bind us, or where the right actions come from it, not from consequences. Kantian philosophy outlines the Universal Law Formation of the Categorical Imperative as a method for determining morality of actions. Kant also introduces the notion of the categorical imperative the principle that is followed by all rational and reasonable beings, it is an imperative that we learn a priori by analyzing the nature of morality. A priori is n...
  • Kant's Categorical Imperative
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    Kant is a de ontological philosopher; that is, in examining morality he says that the ends must not be looked at, only the means. Kant began by carefully drawing a pair of crucial distinctions among the judgments we do actually make. The first distinction separates a priori from a posterior i judgments by reference to the origin of our knowledge of them. A priori judgments are statements for which there is no appeal to experience in order to determine what is true and false. A posterior i judgme...
  • Every Rational Being As A Will
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    Kant describes the categorical imperative as "expressed by an ought and thereby indicate the relation of an objective law of reason to a will that is not necessarily determined by this law because of its subjective constitution". In other words, a categorical imperative is a command of morality that applies everywhere at all times no matter what, without exception. Kant describes two forms of imperatives, hypothetical and categorical. Kant defines the hypothetical imperative as "an action is goo...
  • Objections To The First Formulation Of Kant's Categorical Imperative
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    Deontology is the ethical view that some actions are morally forbidden or permitted regardless of consequences. One of the most influential de ontological philosophers in history is Immanuel Kant who developed the idea of the Categorical Imperative. Kant believed that the only thing of intrinsic moral worth is a good will. Kant says in his work Morality and Rationality "The good will is not good because of what it effects or accomplishes or because of it's adequacy to achieve some proposed end; ...
  • Good Relations With Other States
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    In order to evaluate one's 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...
  • Hypothetical Imperative Acts On The Basis
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    Kant's Fundamental Principles of the Metaphysics of Moral The central concept of Kant's Fundamental Principles of the Metaphysics of Morals is the categorical imperative. "The conception of an objective principle, in so far as it is obligatory for a will, is called a command (of reason), and the formula of the command is called an Imperative". (Abbott, 30) An imperative is something that a will ought or shall do because the will is obligated to actin the manner in which it conforms with moral la...
  • Kant's Thought
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    An overview of Immanuel Kant By Scott Haywood Philosophy 101 Harold McSwain, Ph. D. The exploration into Immanuel Kant's thought is one of, insight, perception, and open-mindedness. His work in the field of philosophy and intellectual development spanned over thirty-five years. He wrote on virtually all philosophical topics but his love was in the branch of metaphysics. His role in the evolvement of modern thought is vast and profound. Immanuel Kant was born, lived, and died in Konigsberg, East ...

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