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the moral principle that behavior should be determined by duty

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Both scenarios that remain (A and B) can be categorical imperatives, but Rothbard (1998, p.
617-32; Walter Sinnott-Armstrong, Moral Dilemmas (New York: Basil Blackwell, 1988); Darian DeBoldt, "Kant and Clint: Dirty Harry Meets the Categorical Imperative," Southwest Philosophy Review 13 (1997); and Alastair Norcross, "Should Utilitarianism Accommodate Moral Dilemmas?
Kant, of course, would probably object to the idea of deriving morality from stage pictures, even ones that illustrate the categorical imperative.
The categorical imperatives soon give way to conditional imperatives which impose less strict demands.
The categorical imperative applies universally to everyone without contradiction and requires individuals to will for themselves only what they would also will for others.
Although he believed we shouldn't seek happiness for its own sake, he believed that by following the categorical imperatives, we would make ourselves worthy of happiness.
The chapter closes with a scholarly discussion of Hume, too easily taken by others to be the classic instrumentalist, and Shaver develops further the now standard point that hypothetical as well as categorical imperatives require a normative grounding.
As was my own college journey, led by Jesuits improbably passionate about all those categorical imperatives.
This clears the way for a rehabilitation of the Kantian claim that reasons for action can take the form of categorical imperatives.
requirement or the 1999 starting date as categorical imperatives and is unwilling to suffer new austerity measures.
These recommendations are not, however, viable categorical imperatives that must be adopted by every board under all circumstances.
3) Categorical imperatives are contrasted with hypothetical imperatives, where the distinction between the two types of imperatives has to do with whether the imperative is "universally valid" (G 416).
The academician ponders the intangible, savors the paradoxical, and embraces the peculiar; he or she speaks in a special language of categorical imperatives and deontological view-points that must be taken into consideration before a statement about honesty is agreed to have any meaning.
Kantian categorical imperatives should not be confused with undeniable ought statements.
Only a formal principle can be the basis of categorical imperatives that apply with necessity.