Philosophy Lexicon of Arguments

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Categorical Imperative: Kant's theorem from § 7 (Basic Law of Pure Practical Reason) in the Critique of Practical Reason. "Act in such a way that the maxim of your will at any given time could at the same time be regarded as a principle of general legislation." (German, "Handle so, dass die Maxime deines Willens jederzeit zugleich als Prinzip einer allgemeinen Gesetzgebung gelten könne.") The categorical imperative occurs in Kant’s work in several different formulations. See also ethics, morals, principles, laws, actions, cognitivism.

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Cavell II St. Cavell Müssen wir meinen was wir sagen? aus Grewendorf/Meggle Linguistik und Phil. Frankfurt (Athenäum) 1974/1995

II 196
Categorical imperative/CavellVsKant: the categorical imperative should be better a categorical declarative: a description of what it means to be moral.
II 197
Categorical declarative: says what you actually do when you are moral.
It cannot guarantee that one will not act immorally.

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Cav I
St. Cavell
Die Unheimlichkeit des Gewöhnlichen Frankfurt 2002

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