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What does it mean for one’s duty to be determined by the categorical imperative as propounded by Kant? Explain with examples.

Topic: Contributions of moral thinkers and philosophers from India and world.

4. What does it mean for one’s duty to be determined by the categorical imperative as propounded by Kant? Explain with examples. (150 words)

Difficulty level: Tough

Reference: plato.stanford.edu

Why the question:

The question is part of the static syllabus of General studies paper – 4.

Key Demand of the question:

To explain how one’s duty is determined by Kant’s Categorical Imperative.

Directive word: 

Explain – Clarify the topic by giving a detailed account as to how and why it occurred, or what is the particular context. You must be defining key terms where ever appropriate, and substantiate with relevant associated facts.

Structure of the answer:

Introduction: 

Start with the basics of Kantian ideology of deontological ethics.

Body:

Explain Kant’s categorical imperative in detail.

Take each maxim of the imperative and write about how one’s duty should be guided by the principles and motivated by it irrespective of the ends, with suitable illustrations. The link between the maxim and one’s duty must be clear.

Conclusion:

Conclude by summarising the importance of duty according to Kant.