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hypothetical imperatives have the form of If...then categorical imperatives do not
For example: hypothetical imperative: If you want to get there quickly, you ought not to walk but to take taxi. categorical imperative: you should not walk. you ought to take a taxi. Is "you should love your neighbor as yourself" from the Bible a categorical imperative?
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By distinguishing the difference between categorical and hypothetical
imperatives, Kant’s argues that categorical imperatives apply moral
conduct in relation to performing one’s duty within the contents of good
will. According to Kant, the representation of an objective principle
insofar as it necessitates the will is called a command which formulates
the notion of an imperative . Imperatives are simply a formula of a
reason. It determines the will of the action. Imperatives can be
expressed in terms of what ought to do. For example, take the command
“Sit Down!” Kant expresses this command as an imperative by stating,
“You ought to sit down!” All imperatives are formulated by doing an