Definition of hypothetical imperative in English:

hypothetical imperative


  • A moral obligation that applies only if one desires the implicated goal.

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