Drawing on an analysis of the distinction between perfect and imperfect duties suggested by The Metaphysics of Morals, I argue that Kant’s Categorical Imperative (CI) requires that maxims be universalizable in the sense that they can be regarded as universal laws consistent with the integrity and effective exercise of rational agency. This account, I claim, has a number of advantages over Korsgaard’s practical contradic-tion interpretation of the CI both in terms of the criteria of assessment that Korsgaard uses and in those of broader textual considerations.
Keywords universalizability  Formula of Universal Law  Perfect duty  Imperfect duty  Contradiction in Conception  Contradiction in the Will  Categorical Imperative  Moral Health  Moral prosperity
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