This weeks reading –
For Week 5 listen: The Economics of Good and Evil: http://www.bbc.co.uk/programmes/b06ybnh1#play
For Week 5 read:
Ethics in the Virtual World:
Chapter 4; Kant’s Call of Duty
What is the ‘categorical imperative’?
My understanding of the categorical imperative is basically an unconditional moral law, absolute for all, regardless of the situations. In Kant’s eyes people should act onto others as they themselves wish to be treated. To break this law is to act not only immorally but irrationally. In his works, Kant presented four formulations of the categorical imperative but only ever held that there was one categorical imperative. It is traditionally referred to as the first formulation: “Act only according to the maxim whereby you can at the same time will that it should become universal law”
In a way, categorical imperative makes humans less selfish, commanding us to respect universal law instead of acting upon ones own thoughts and desires. This is outlined in another ones of Kant’s statements – “So act as to treat humanity, whether in your own person or in another, always as an end, and never as only a means.”
Young, Garry. Ethics In The Virtual World. Durham, UK: Acumen Publishing Ltd, 2013. Print.
BBC Radio 4,. “Jump Media Playermedia Player Helpout Of Media Player. Press Enter To Return Or Tab To Continue. Tomas Sedlacek: The Economics Of Good And Evil”. Analysis. N.p., 2016. Web. 6 Feb. 2016.