The main principle to take away is called Categorical Imperative which governs

The main principle to take away is called categorical

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share the same desires over time. The main principle to take away is called Categorical Imperative which governs actions and intentions. It entails others to treat others on how you would want others to treat all other people. It acts in accordance to the maxim in which all other people must be rational to follow this universal law. A maxim was term heavily used in Kant’s philosophy which implies that intentions of performing an action all the way through. The typical form of this action follows the pattern of, “I will perform action A in circumstance B in order to achieve the end result C.” This basic formula explains that we cannot act solely on maxims and expect them to become universal laws for all humans to follow. If a maxim becomes universal it can proceed with a contradiction which cannot be applied to everyone to follow. Kant’s Categorical Imperative does no provide an exact formula to determine whether an action is right or wrong, but it works to better guide humans to critically analyze, think, and make their own judgements based upon the moral statures in certain situations. It should be used to help better understand morally difficult situations in which we must pay closer attention to reasoning behind the intentions of morality. II. Challenger One of the worst disasters in NASAs history, the Challenger explosion, shocked many lives. Upon closer speculation, people began to question the actions taken prior to the explosion and what could have been done to prevent it. It occurred in January 1986 killing seven astronauts, and resulted from the failure of O-rings to seal in the booster rocket joints in the space shuttle and uncommonly low temperatures in Florida the day of the explosion. 4
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Hoang Morton Thiokol, Inc., created these shuttle booster rockets and some of their employees were deemed to be vital members of the company and NASA. Within their testimony, prior to the presidential intervention into further investigating into the accident, those employees were put framed to blame for the accident and were penalized as a result. Some of these members of the company were: Roger Boisjol, who was an engineer, worked on the shuttle for several months had previously warned superiors that there might be an instability with the O-rings and his concerns were then ignored. Roger then did more research upon his apprehensions about the shuttle, and looked into how temperature could affect important connectors that sealed the shuttle booster rockets. When he voiced his concerns yet again, his superiors still disregarded his speculations that the shuttle may be faulty. In his final warning, which was the night before he explosion, he noticed that the low temperature was a still concern but the NASA officials and Thiokol senior managers overrode the engineers and continued to still launch the flight.
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