The Categorical Imperative

The Categorical Imperative - would genuinely want everyone...

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The Categorical Imperative – “That is, I should never act in such a way that I could not also will that my maxim should be a universal law.” o [Never act in such a way that the principle I am acting on is one which I could not genuinely choose that everyone should always act on.] o E.G. – Let’s say Prof. was walking by a lake late one night & he noticed someone drowning. He could easily save the person, he’s a strong swimmer, etc. However, if he saves him/her, he would get his clothes wet so he does not save them. o The principle here might be “Don’t save a life if it is inconvenient.” There’s no way Siegmann
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Unformatted text preview: would genuinely want everyone to live by this (what if he were the one drowning). o Another e.g. – “Don’t keep your promise if it is to your advantage.” You can see that you wouldn’t want everyone to act this way. o The Categorical Imperative sounds a lot like the Golden Rule, but it is very much not; however, the Golden Rule is a way to test the principle. o In figuring out whether or not an action is right, the action does not depend on the consequences that result....
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This note was uploaded on 09/30/2011 for the course PHILOSOPHY PHI2600 taught by Professor Siegmann during the Spring '11 term at FIU.

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