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Diccionario filosófico
Complete edition

Diccionario de Filosofía
Brief definition of the most important concepts of philosophy.


A Dictionary of English Philosophical Terms Francis Garden


Vocabulary of Philosophy, Psychological, Ethical, Metaphysical
William Fleming

Biografías y semblanzas Biographical references and lives of philosophers

Brief introduction to the thought of Ortega y Gasset

History of Philosophy Summaries

Historia de la Filosofía
Explanation of the thought of the great philosophers; summaries, exercises...

Historia de la Filosofía
Digital edition of the History of Philosophy by Jaime Balmes

Historia de la Filosofía
Digital edition of the History of Philosophy by Zeferino González

Vidas, opiniones y sentencias de los filósofos más ilustres
Complete digital edition of the work of Diogenes Laertius

Compendio de las vidas de los filósofos antiguos

A brief history of Greek Philosophy
B. C. Burt


A Short History of Philosophy







CATEGORICAL IMPERATIVE (Imperativ kategorisch).—The direct command "Thou shalt," of the Moral Law.


"Such an Imperative as represents an action to be in itself necessary, and without regard to anywhat out of and beyond it" (Semple's translation of The Metaphysic of Ethics, new ed., p. 27). "An imperative, which, irrespective of every ulterior end or aim, commands categorically" (ib., p. 27). "The representation of an objective principle, so far as it necessitates the will, is called a Commandment or Reason, and a formula expressing such is called an IMPERATIVE" (ib., p. 25).

This formula Kant presents in three forms:—(1) "Act from a maxim at all times fit for law universal" (13); (2) "act from that maxim only when thou canst will law universal" (34); (3) "act as if the maxim of thy will were to become, by thy adopting it, a universal law of nature" (34). All three forms point to universality as characteristic of the Ethical Imperative, the first expresses the authoritative in the law; the second indicates that the Will must be its own legislator; and the third, that the imperative belongs to the fixed law of nature.



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