Ethics. the rule of Immanuel Kant that one must do only what one can will that all others should do under similar circumstances.
the unconditional command of conscience.
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How to use categorical imperative in a sentence
There has never been so concise and definitive a debunking of Kant's categorical imperative.
That year it published a report, the first of its kind, titled MTA Adaptations to Climate Change: A categorical imperative.
The categorical imperative was supposed to determine our moral sense and the distinction between good and evil.The Wonders of Life | Ernst Haeckel
This has been largely sustained by Kant's teaching, but his categorical imperative has been completely refuted by modern science.The Wonders of Life | Ernst Haeckel
But nevertheless freedom of will is a necessary conviction of every one who feels it in the categorical imperative: Thou shalt!The Positive Outcome of Philosophy | Joseph Dietzgen
No categorical imperative, no ethical code, can serve as a basis for the real practical right.The Positive Outcome of Philosophy | Joseph Dietzgen
The cupola of his great cathedral of faith was crowned by Kant with his curious idol, the famous “categorical imperative.”
British Dictionary definitions for categorical imperative
(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
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