: a moral obligation or command that is unconditionally and universally binding
Examples of categorical imperative in a Sentence
Recent Examples on the WebKant introduced the world to the theory of the categorical imperative; Larry, the chat-and-cut.
Meredith Blake, latimes.com, 29 Sep. 2017 Kant introduced the world to the theory of the categorical imperative
Meredith Blake, latimes.com, 29 Sep. 2017 The Golden Rule, the categorical imperative — all of these moral notions will fall by the wayside.
Ben Shapiro, National Review, 20 Sep. 2017
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