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Hypothetical Imperative
An action which achieves a result or an action.
E.g. If you come to Ethics lessons then you will do
better in the exam. If you get A levels then to go to
university. If you go to university then you can get a
good job. If you get a good job then you will have a
better quality of life.
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Categorical Imperative
(This is the one Kant was concerned with the most).
An absolute and universal sense of moral duty
which directs humans to the right action. These
rules apply to everyone for all time because they
are based on an objective a priori law of reason.
According to Kant `YOU SHOULD DO THIS!'
E.g. Do not murder.
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Kant's Maxims
Maxims are rules which are derived from
the categorical imperative. (they help to
understand what these absolute rules are.)
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Exam Practise
A) Explain the difference between Kant's
hypothetical and categorical imperative.
(25 marks)
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