{[ promptMessage ]}

Bookmark it

{[ promptMessage ]}

Thisisthecategoricalimperative

Info icon This preview shows page 1. Sign up to view the full content.

View Full Document Right Arrow Icon
This is the end of the preview. Sign up to access the rest of the document.

Unformatted text preview: tives. It’s not enough simply to have a want or a desire. The point is that you have to WILL the end—you have to be actively working towards it. It’s only in that sense that rationality kicks in and ‘commands’ you to perform the means to get you to that end. Now, there are two kinds of hypothetical Now, there are two kinds of hypothetical imperatives: Problematical Hypothetical Imperatives Assertorial Hypothetical Imperatives The Problematical kinds are pretty much just The Problematical kinds are pretty much just “imperatives of skill”. Like the examples I mentioned. These sorts of ends are just totally arbitrary (there’s no reason to possess them, you just do). But, the point is, once you have them, you have a reason (a command) to fulfill the means to get to the end. The Assertorial kinds are also called The Assertorial kinds are also called “councils of prudence”. Now, these imperatives command the means to an end that we all do, in fact, have: to be happy. So, given that you want to be happy, you have a reason (a command) to do this or that. Since happiness is so indefinite, though, Kant calls these things ‘councils of prudence’— not technically commands (but don’t worry about that) But there is the other kind of imperative, the But there is the other kind of imperative, the one which is important for the sake of morality—the one that represents “an action as necessary of itself without reference to another end, that is, as objectively necessary”. This is the categorical imperative. So this command—because there is only So this command—because there is only one of them—is supposed to be applicable to all rational agents (all persons) no matter what they happen to will (want or desire). Contrasted, then, with hypothetical imperatives which all ASSUME you happen to have some other end. Kant formulates this categorical imperative: Kant formulates this categorical imperative: “Act only on that maxim whereby you can at the same time will that it should become a universal law” That last bit is the most important thing, but That last bit is the most important thing, but it takes a while to explain it. Let’s start with this ‘maxim’ business. That’s the part that hangs people up the most. Maxims are the principles that explain the motivation of our actions. They are also the things to which rational demands apply. So they look, in sc...
View Full Document

{[ snackBarMessage ]}

What students are saying

  • Left Quote Icon

    As a current student on this bumpy collegiate pathway, I stumbled upon Course Hero, where I can find study resources for nearly all my courses, get online help from tutors 24/7, and even share my old projects, papers, and lecture notes with other students.

    Student Picture

    Kiran Temple University Fox School of Business ‘17, Course Hero Intern

  • Left Quote Icon

    I cannot even describe how much Course Hero helped me this summer. It’s truly become something I can always rely on and help me. In the end, I was not only able to survive summer classes, but I was able to thrive thanks to Course Hero.

    Student Picture

    Dana University of Pennsylvania ‘17, Course Hero Intern

  • Left Quote Icon

    The ability to access any university’s resources through Course Hero proved invaluable in my case. I was behind on Tulane coursework and actually used UCLA’s materials to help me move forward and get everything together on time.

    Student Picture

    Jill Tulane University ‘16, Course Hero Intern