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:: The Categorical Imperative (26-09-2005 21:35)
The Categorical Imperative
Analyzing Immanuel Kant’s Grounding for A Metaphysics of Morals
Anders Bordum
WP 4/2002

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In this article I first argue that Immanuel Kant’s conception of the categorical imperative is important to his philosophy. I systematically, though indirectly, interconnect the cognitive and moral aspects of his thinking. Second, I present an interpretation of the Kantian ethics, taking as my point of departure, the concept of the categorical imperative. Finally, I show how the categorical imperative is given a dialogical interpretation by Jürgen Habermas in his approach, usually referred to as discourse ethics. I argue that the dialogical approach taken by discourse ethics is more
justifiable and therefore more usefuli.
Anders Bordum