Single Idea 22051

[catalogued under 23. Ethics / D. Deontological Ethics / 4. Categorical Imperative]

Full Idea

Hegel criticised the categorical imperative for lacking any roots in the moral habits and practices which develop in actual historical communities.

Gist of Idea

The categorical imperative lacks roots in a historical culture


report of Georg W.F.Hegel (Elements of the Philosophy of Right [1821]) by Andrew Bowie - German Philosophy: a very short introduction 1

Book Reference

Bowie,Andrew: 'German Philosophy: very short intro' [OUP 2010], p.17

A Reaction

This is the gist of Alasdair MacIntyre's defence of virtue theory, against rational Enlightenment ethics. Charles Taylor made the link to Hegel.