Ethics. the rule of Immanuel Kant that one must do only what one can will that all others should do under similar circumstances.
the unconditional command of conscience.
(in the ethics of Kant) the unconditional moral principle that one’s behaviour should accord with universalizable maxims which respect persons as ends in themselves; the obligation to do one’s duty for its own sake and not in pursuit of further ends Compare hypothetical imperative
without exceptions or conditions; absolute; unqualified and unconditional: a categorical denial. Logic. (of a proposition) analyzable into a subject and an attribute related by a copula, as in the proposition “All humans are mortal.”. (of a syllogism) having categorical propositions as premises. of, relating to, or in a category. Contemporary Examples No, the Act categorically […]
any general or comprehensive division; a class. a classificatory division in any field of knowledge, as a phylum or any of its subdivisions in biology. Metaphysics. (in Aristotelian philosophy) any of the fundamental modes of existence, such as substance, quality, and quantity, as determined by analysis of the different possible kinds of predication. (in Kantian […]
to arrange in categories or classes; classify. to describe by labeling or giving a name to; characterize. Historical Examples He more usually speaks of the categorised objects as appearances. A Commentary to Kant’s ‘Critique of Pure Reason’ Norman Kemp Smith verb (transitive) to place in a category; classify v. 1705, from category + -ize. Related: […]
to arrange in categories or classes; classify. to describe by labeling or giving a name to; characterize. verb (transitive) to place in a category; classify v. 1705, from category + -ize. Related: Categorized; categorizing.