Morality as a system of hypothetical imperatives . Morality may not be categorical, as Kant hoped. . What is Kant’s View?.
Morality as a system of hypothetical imperatives
Morality may not be categorical, as Kant hoped.
In what sense is ‘you should put your napkin on your lap’ a hypothetical imperative?
Rules of etiquette are normative but they don’t for that reason automatically give us a reason to act. You could be right if you broke a rule of etiquette.
The should of etiquette is inescapable in a similar way—it is not thought to depend on what you happen to want, it incurs disapproval when we violate them.
Perhaps the sense that morality is inescapable is dependent on the way morality is taught.
The necessity of moral judgments: They tell us ‘we have to do’ such and such thing but is this like “I had a bad cold and had to stay in bed?”
[This doesn’t seem accurate but Kant’s view of motivation is complex.]