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categorical imperative

Syllabification: cat·e·go·ri·cal im·per·a·tive

Definition of categorical imperative in English:

noun

Philosophy
(In Kantian ethics) an unconditional moral obligation that is binding in all circumstances and is not dependent on a person’s inclination or purpose.
Example sentences
  • Since only free action can have genuine moral worth, the categorical imperative must be not only the supreme imperative of reason, but also the supreme law of morality.
  • Adorno even conceives of categorical imperatives in exactly the way Kant conceives of them, and they are connected to metaphysics, rather than epistemology, again as they are for Kant.
  • People know what is right and submit to a Kantian categorical imperative - you have to do what you know is right.

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