hypothetical imperative

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  • Hypothetical imperative — A hypothetical imperative, originally introduced in the philosophical writings of Immanuel Kant, is a commandment of reason that applies only conditionally: if A , then B , where A is a condition or goal, and B is an action. Then A would be a… …   Wikipedia

  • hypothetical imperative — noun a principle stating the action required to attain a desired goal • Hypernyms: ↑principle, ↑precept * * * noun Etymology: translation of German hypothetischer imperativ : an imperative of conduct that springs from expediency or practical… …   Useful english dictionary

  • hypothetical imperative — see imperative …   The new mediacal dictionary

  • categorical/hypothetical imperative — A pair contrasted in Kantian ethics. A hypothetical imperative embeds a command which is in place only given some antecedent desire or project: ‘If you want to look wise, stay quiet.’ The injunction to stay quiet only applies to those with the… …   Philosophy dictionary

  • Hypothetical types of biochemistry — are forms of biochemistry speculated to be scientifically viable but not proven to exist at this time. While the kinds of living beings we know on earth commonly use carbon for basic structural and metabolic functions, water as a solvent and DNA… …   Wikipedia

  • imperative — n. in ethics, a principle used to direct or guide one s actions. Kantian ethics distinguishes between categorical and hypothetical imperatives. Whereas the latter are merely prudent or expedient and will vary with circumstances, the former are… …   The new mediacal dictionary

  • Categorical imperative — Part of a series on Immanue …   Wikipedia

  • Categorical Imperative — • A term which originated in Immanuel Kant s ethics Catholic Encyclopedia. Kevin Knight. 2006. Categorical Imperative     Categorical Imperative      …   Catholic encyclopedia

  • categorical imperative — categorical/hypothetical imperative …   Philosophy dictionary

  • categorical imperative — 1. Ethics. the rule of Immanuel Kant that one must do only what one can will that all others should do under similar circumstances. 2. the unconditional command of conscience. [1820 30] * * * In Immanuel Kant s moral philosophy, an imperative… …   Universalium

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