Kant’s Imperatives Sangat Singh Dr. Nath Imperatives are the instructions that address humans the tasks they will perform. Kant tries to distinguish the two types of imperatives i.e. Categorical Imperative and Hypothetical Imperative. Hypothetical Imperative A Hypothetical Imperative it is an imperative under the desires or inclination that represent “the practical necessity of a possible action as a means to something else that is willed or at least which one might will.” Hypothetical Imperatives try to state what a person can do so that he or she may attain a particular objective for instance: “if you want to have enough money to buy a new phone then get a job” or “if you do not want to go to prison then do not steal cars”. Hypothetical imperative is only applied to human beings who may have the when the screening of embryos is done for the purposes of medical consideration the embryo will therefore be treated as a complete entity compared to the final step but when it will be considered to be a human. The third formulation for the Categorical Imperatives is the “formulation of a kingdom of ends" is similar to the second formulation. Therefore for human beings not to be subjected as objects people therefore should live by the rules in a society where every person respects one another (Wood 2017). References Wood A. W. (2017).How a Kantian Decides What to Do. In The Palgrave Kant Handbook (pp. 263-284). Palgrave Macmillan London. Newton M. T. (2017). A Comparison of Ethical Theories. Newton A. (2017). The Analytic Proposition Underlying Kantian Hypothetical Imperatives. Kant- Studien 108(4) 543-567. Barrow J. M. & Gossman W. G. (2017). Deontology. [...]
Kant distinguishes between categorical and hypothetical imperatives. Explain that distinction. Why does Kant think that a moral principle must be categorical rather than hypothetical?