The categorical Imperative is something we all share as [art of our
In fact it is because we all have a sense of absolute imperatives
that we have a conception of morality.
And all this comes from the fact that we have a will.
What dos this Categorical Imperative prescribe?
“Act only according to that maxim by which you can at the same time will
that it should become the universal law”
What does this mean?
When you act you should not think “how will this action serve my goal of
gaining more pleasure/happiness etc.?”
Rather, you should think “would I want a world where everyone
did what I am doing right now?”
If the answer is yes, then you should perform the action (you are obliged
to perform it)
If the answer is no, you should refrain from it
Kant’s examples of the Imperative
Suicide: we should not make it a universal law that people hurt