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4. What does Kant mean by the Categorical Imperative?
About this Lecture
In this module, we turn to one of the most famous ideas in Kant's writings—the so-called 'categorical imperative'. What exactly does Kant mean by this term?
In this course, Professor Adrian Moore (University of Oxford) explores Kant's Groundwork of the Metaphysics of Morals through eight key questions. In particular, we think about the fundamental difference between the three main strands of moral philosophy (consequentialism, deontology and virtue ethics), Kant's various formulations of what he calls the categorical imperative (as opposed to the hypothetical imperative), the relationship between the categorical imperative and the will of God, and the relationship between ethics and free will.
Adrian Moore is Professor of Philosophy at the University of Oxford, where he is also a Tutorial Fellow at St Hugh’s College. He was an undergraduate at Cambridge and a graduate at Oxford, where he wrote his doctorate under the supervision of Michael Dummett. His publications include The Infinite; Points of View; Noble in Reason, Infinite in Faculty: Themes and Variations in Kant’s Moral and Religious Philosophy; and, most recently, The Evolution of Modern Metaphysics: Making Sense of Things.
Cite this Lecture
Moore, A. (2018, August 15). Kant: Groundwork of the Metaphysics of Morals - What does Kant mean by the Categorical Imperative? [Video]. MASSOLIT. https://www.massolit.io/courses/kant-groundwork-of-the-metaphysics-of-morals/what-does-kant-mean-by-the-categorical-imperative
Moore, Adrian. "Kant: Groundwork of the Metaphysics of Morals – What does Kant mean by the Categorical Imperative?." MASSOLIT, uploaded by MASSOLIT, 15 Aug 2018, https://www.massolit.io/courses/kant-groundwork-of-the-metaphysics-of-morals/what-does-kant-mean-by-the-categorical-imperative