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Writing Exercises by Lisa McNulty.

Drabble - Kant’s Categorical Imperative

Kant’s two formulations of the categorical imperative are:

  • “Act only according to that maxim by which you can at the same time will that it should become a universal law”.
  • “Act in such a way that you treat humanity, whether in your own person or in the person of another, always at the same time as an end and never simply as a means.”

In order for your actions to be moral, you have to be able to rationally desire a world where everyone would act in this way, and you have to treat people (including yourself) as intrinsically valuable.

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