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Kant's Hypothetical Imperatives—Imperatives of ‘Skill’—Hypothetical and Categorical Imperatives

Hans Kelsen

in General Theory of Norms

Published in print March 1991 | ISBN: 9780198252177
Published online March 2012 | e-ISBN: 9780191681363 | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1093/acprof:oso/9780198252177.003.0003
Kant's Hypothetical Imperatives—Imperatives of ‘Skill’—Hypothetical and Categorical Imperatives

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By an ‘imperative’ Kant understands the linguistic expression of a ‘command’. ‘The conception of an objective principle, so far as it constrains a will, is a command (of reason), and the formula of this command is called an imperative. All imperatives are expressed by an “ought”’. Kant does distinguish between a ‘command’ and the ‘imperative’ which is its ‘formula’ (i.e. its linguistic expression), but in the sentence ‘All imperatives are expressed by an “ought”’, he uses ‘imperative’ as a synonym for ‘command’, and thereby admits that a command can be expressed linguistically not only in an imperative sentence, but also in a sollen-sentence. In fact Kant himself formulates moral commands not only in the form of imperative sentences, but also in that of swollen-sentences.

Keywords: hypothetical imperatives; categorical imperatives; command; sollen-sentence; Kant; linguistic expression

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Subjects: Jurisprudence and Philosophy of Law

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