Scandinavian Working Papers in Business Administration

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Copenhagen Business School, Department of Management, Politics & Philosophy

No 4/2002: The Categorical Imperative Analyzing Immanuel Kant’s Grounding for A Metaphysics of Morals

Anders Bordum
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Anders Bordum: Department of Management, Politics and Philosophy, Copenhagen Business School, Postal: Department of Management, Politics and Philosophy, Copenhagen Business School, Blaagaardsgade 23 B, DK-2200 Copenhagen N, Denmark

Abstract: In this article I first argue that Immanuel Kant’s conception of the categorical imperative is important to his philosophy. I systematically, though indirectly, interconnect the cognitive and moral aspects of his thinking. Second, I present an interpretation of the Kantian ethics, taking as my point of departure, the concept of the categorical imperative. Finally, I show how the categorical imperative is given a dialogical interpretation by Jürgen Habermas in his approach, usually referred to as discourse ethics. I argue that the dialogical approach taken by discourse ethics is more justifiable and therefore more useful i .

Keywords: Categorical imperative; discourse ethics; duty; ethics; monologic; dialogic; Immanuel Kant; Jürgen Habermas; self-legislation; self-reference.

23 pages, January 1, 2002

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