categorical imperative

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Our job carries the same categorical imperative as our CEO's job: Grow the business.
For Kant categorical imperatives are not consequentialist in nature; in other words, it is not the case that the categorical imperative instructs us to promote some end because of the value of that end.
In "Kant with Sade," Lacan explains the extent to which such master signifiers as the categorical imperative and the Sadean criminal are posited only precariously.
Therefore, regardless of its argumentative deniability, D cannot even be a categorical imperative, if it is understood that a categorical imperative is a maxim that one can want to be a "universal law" for populations of any size (including the cases "I alone" and "only you and I").
The second formulation of the Categorical Imperative, that people should always be treated as ends in themselves, is readily applicable here:
To make matters worse, the categorical imperative, as an abstract rational construction, ran contrary to the spirit of the age.
There are two main types of imperatives: Categorical imperatives and conditional imperatives.
This offers us an opportunity to rehabilitate the notion of a categorical imperative, even if not in the specific sense in which Kant intended it.
which derive whatever justification they might possess from the agent's desires" ("On a Presumed Gap in the Derivation of the Categorical Imperative," Philosophical Topics, vol.
The topics include the body as noematic bridge between nature and culture, an aporetic approach to his reflections on time, the constitutive and reconstructive building-up of horizons, his categorical imperative and related critique of Kant, and attempts by Husserl and Rawls to free moral imperatives form their empirical origin.
There are helpful discussions of the formulations of the categorical imperative and how they relate to each other, the four examples of duties, worries about prudential reasoning in Kant and about rigorism, analytic and synthetic method, and more.
True (A) or false (B)--click on the correct answer: According to the second formulation of Kant's Categorical Imperative a patient should be treated as a means to an end.