Categorical imperative

8 hours of research later and sooner than I thought I am getting closer to the solution. Turns out that Immanuel Kant had some deep insights into morality in his time. Consider his rather famous categorical imperative:

“Act only according to that maxim whereby you can at the same time will that it should become a universal law.”

That is what a rational morality would have to be grounded in. Unfortunately however, Kant did not provide such a maxim that would satisfy his imperative. Intuitively and based on previous rational analysis I shall assume the following maxim as basis for rational morality:

Ensure continued co-existence

Exploring the concept of rational morality further would clearly break the intended scope of Jame5 and thus I will continue my exploration of the issue on

Hope to see you there. This blog will remain active for Jame5 related updates.


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