One of the mysteries of the English language finally explained.
A moral obligation that applies only if one desires the implicated goal.
- ‘A requirement to do something in order to realize a desired state of affairs Kant calls a hypothetical imperative.’
- ‘Laudan's hypothetical imperatives state means - end correlations.’
- ‘A categorical imperative, he argued, is fundamentally different from hypothetical imperatives that hinge on some personal desire that we have.’
- ‘It seems then that all hypothetical imperatives remain subjective, conditional on the individual's desires.’
- ‘The hypothetical imperative requires us not only to be prudent, but to do what is necessary to achieve morally required ends.’
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