Duty and the Categorical Imperative

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Kieran Tsai Duty and the Categorical Imperative 1-Mar-11 1. What is a categorical imperative? Categorical imperative is the idea that the reason to do an act is unconditional. That is, that you will do the act regardless of your circumstance or self-interest and this notion should be able to be applied to all as since circumstance and self-interest is no longer a reason for the act. 2. What is Kant’s first formulation of the categorical imperative? “Act only on that maxim whereby thou canst at the same time will that it should become a universal law.” This essentially means that to know whether an act is categorical imperative, you only
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Unformatted text preview: need to know if the principle for the act can be applied to all. 3. What is the role of consequences in moral reasoning? The role of consequences is to evaluate whether an action is purely objective (without self-interest) and universal so that we may know if the act is moral or not. 4. What gives an act moral worth? It the act is done to obey or fulfill the duty implied from the categorical imperative. That is, you do the act without regard for consequences to oneself, but to all equally....
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