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there's just something very unsatisfying about Kant. he leaves no room for individuality or variation. if everyone followed the categorical imperative, we would all act the same way all the time.
Don't know much about Kant. Categorical imperative just seems like a repackaging of the Golden Rule. Since you fear it would reduce everyone to like behavior, I believe there may be a bit of the "irrational" about you (please don't take this is an insult! I mean it in a positive way -- think Dionysus and Apollo =)
What I was thinking of when I said the Categorical Imperative would lead us all to like behavior was something like this. The Categorical Imperative would be against the freedom of expressing any sexual preference other than "straight," viz: if everyone were gay, short of everyone using artificial insemination to reproduce, then humanity would perish from the earth. the way I see it, that's just one of the many ways diversity makes the world colorful and exciting. and i think that the categorical imperative could destroy other such things that make humans diverse. also think of this: certain orders of Buddhist monks (and other types of monks, too, I'm sure) live off of alms, donations of food from nearby villages; that is, they beg. we cannot will that everyone do that, because then there would be no one to beg FROM. however, i don't think it would do the world good to destroy such monastic orders, because they seem to produce enlightened individuals, and the world definitely needs more of those...in fact, this is true of any profession. you can't will everyone to be teachers, or everyone to be doctors, or everyone to be secretaries, because if everyone did the same thing and had the same skill set everything would fall apart. yet, it is not immoral or wrong to do any of those jobs. so, where does that leave the categorical imperative? do you see what i'm getting at? i think there are good things that people do, and good ways of life, that cannot be willed to be universal, but are still good. and i think that in order to preserve diversity we need to accept that.
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