Topic: Contributions of moral thinkers and philosophers from India and world..
7. Explain the application of Kant’s Categorical Imperative to self-development of civil servants. (150 words)
Difficulty level: Tough
Why the question:
The question is part of the static syllabus of General studies paper – 4 and part of ‘Philosophical Mondays’ in Mission-2023 Secure.
Explain – Clarify the topic by giving a detailed account as to how and why it occurred, or what is the context. You must be defining key terms wherever appropriate and substantiate with relevant associated facts.
Structure of the answer:
Give a simple elaboration on Kant’s Categorical Imperative.
Write about the application of CI to self-development of civil servants – A civil servant may have talent which with the help of some culture might make him a useful man in many respects. But he finds himself in comfortable circumstances and prefers to indulge in pleasure rather than to take pains in enlarging and improving his happy natural capacities. Cite examples to substantiate.
Conclude by summarising.