The Ethics On Categorical Imperatives

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Nicole Vang
Philosophy 3360: Business Ethics
Ryan S. Hellmers
June 8, 2015
Immanuel Kant is one of the most important and hardest philosophers in history. Kant’s thinking of philosophy is based on human autonomy, the understanding of human and their reasons. An action of moral worth is not the aftermath by the action, but the motive behind it. He argues that the only motives for these reasons are from universal principles, leading to his famous statement of categorical imperative: “I ought never to act except in such a way that I can also will that my maxim should become a universal law.” With this statement, we can understand Kant’s beliefs on the nature of synthetic a priori, the five formulae (formulations) he created, his argument on sexual harassment, and how rational moral laws on race and gender discrimination with real life issues in society today.
There are two imperatives, or commands, that Kant believes is our principle of our moral duties, categorical imperatives and hypothetical imperatives.
Immanuel Kant defines categorical imperative in the following quotation:
‘Finally, there is an imperative which commands a certain conduct immediately, without having as it condition any other purpose to be attained by it. This imperative is Categorical. It concerns not the matter of the action, or its intended result, but the form and the principle of which it is itself a result, and what essentially good in it
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