Kant insisted that moral precepts must be categorical imperatives, telling the agent what he should do, no matter what his desires or interests. Kant contrasted these categorical imperatives with hypothetical imperatives, which operate only on the condition of certain desires or interests. I believe it is a mistake to think that Kant has disposed of the hypothetical imperative in morals. In this paper, I will consider the arguments that he has brought against it, and respond to them.
"In Defense of the Hypothetical Imperative,"
Philosophic Exchange: Vol. 2
, Article 16.
Available at: http://digitalcommons.brockport.edu/phil_ex/vol2/iss1/16