Definition of hypothetical imperative in English:

hypothetical imperative

Line breaks: hypo|thet¦ic¦al im|pera|tive

noun

Philosophy
A moral obligation that applies only if one desires the implicated goal.
More example sentences
  • It seems then that all hypothetical imperatives remain subjective, conditional on the individual's desires.
  • A requirement to do something in order to realize a desired state of affairs Kant calls a hypothetical imperative.
  • A categorical imperative, he argued, is fundamentally different from hypothetical imperatives that hinge on some personal desire that we have.

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