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The categorical imperative is the idea that a philosopher in the 18th Century named Immanuel Kant, had and one which was built around the idea that for a law standing on high moral grounds and one which is also unconditional at the same time, the validity it has will never depend on any ulterior motive in the very end. This paper will aim to shed light on this and while at it, elaborate on all the related optics.
What does categorical imperative consist of?
As it has been explained by many scholars after its inception, and even in the introductory part of this paper, the categorical imperative is supposed to help us to find a comfortable nut right moral space. In other words, through a categorical imperative, we are able to derive a suitable way to evaluate our own moral actions and obligations for that matter and with this, making good judgments is no a long shot at all.
It is also very important to highlight the fact that categorical imperative doesn’t stand for the idea that human beings are to be commanded. It justifies how they cannot follow commands in each and every moral direction they take, but rather take these so-called commands, and redefine them into what philosophers and other learned fellows would call a mere and rather simple formal procedure or process.
Through this same procedure, it then becomes easier and flexible to evaluate and even go all the way to rationalize any step or action about which might end up becoming relevant in a moral scope and grounds, to say the least. This is, therefore, the true definition and perception of the categorical imperative.
The downside of Kant’s Categorical Imperative.
In as much as the Kant’s Categorical Imperative has been used over the years and in the process earned a number of plaudits, it still has its upsides and so does it have its downsides. The following are some of the downsides of the Kant’s Categorical Imperative and some of which are revealing on the weakness of the entire Kant’s Categorical Imperative. The weaknesses are as follows;
One of the major weaknesses exhibited by the Kant’s Categorical Imperative is the fact that it goes all the way to build up on simple analogy that as individuals, we know how to categorize the difference between evil and good. In as much as this remains to be true in a given extent, it is important to highlight the fact that it is also delusional to some people. This is, therefore, one of the downsides of the Kant’s Categorical Imperative.
The second downside of the Kant’s Categorical Imperative is the fact that as an ideology, seems counter-intuitive. With this particular trait, it finds itself in the middle f ends its both advocates for and hence losing its credibility when it is needed. Being counter-intuitive is just among the many other downsides associated with the Kant’s Categorical Imperative. The following are, therefore, some of the weaknesses and hence, some of the main downsides of the Kant’s Categorical Imperative that are worthy of being mentioned in this case. It is however very important to highlight the fact that these are not the only weaknesses and hence the downsides of the Kant’s Categorical Imperative as there are more that are relative and hence open to multiple ways of interpretation.