Self Evident Truths LO6989

John Paul Fullerton (
Thu, 25 Apr 1996 23:01:18 +0000

Replying to LO6961 --

> >Quick definition of "categorical imperative"

> >"Act only according to that maxim [rule] that you would will to be a
> >universal law."

> Ah ha! We have gone from some categorical imperatives to "The"
> categorical imperative. In other words it is 'Do unto others as you would
> have them do unto you.'

Because I didn't know (remember) what "categorical imperative" meant,
I looked for a definition. I thought that the categorical imperative
was a unique term (in translation) for Kant. Maybe the idea of
evaluating or "seeking" (in thought or memory or learning)
self-evident truths could be quickened through using the idea or
question "would I desire that this practice be a universal law"? So,
it does have the thought "as You would have others do unto You";
however, the emphasis - in my opinion - is DO THE CONSEQUENCES AND

Even here, the idea is not what is right and wrong, instead we might
better find thoughts that would be evident to others. As I review
this note, that last statement sounds like an understatement. "That I
might better acknowledge that the Sequoia is a tree." Maybe there's
more benefit in seeking benefit than seeking self-evidence :)

Finding thoughts that would benefit others!

Have a nice day
John Paul Fullerton


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