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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.
These are paraphrases of some of the categorical imperatives that Kant describes in The Foundations of the Metaphysics of Morals.
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.
Even more strikingly, I have argued that the force of hypothetical imperatives is dependent on, and is at least in part constituted by, the force of some antecedent categorical imperative that is in part definitive of instrumental rationality.
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.
As was my own college journey, led by Jesuits improbably passionate about all those categorical imperatives.
These recommendations are not, however, viable categorical imperatives that must be adopted by every board under all circumstances.
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.
To characterize one's moral and religious commitments as mere 'interests' is absurd, he claims, especially since these convictions more often than not reflect categorical imperatives or divine mandates, not chips that can be easily exchanged or bargained for.