The Categorical Imperative Analyzing Immanuel Kant’s Grounding for A Metaphysics of Morals
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 useful i .
Categorical imperative; discourse ethics; duty; ethics; monologic; dialogic; Immanuel Kant; Jürgen Habermas; self-legislation; self-reference.
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