3 henry e allison, on a presumed gap in the derivation of the categorical imperative, philosophical topics, vol 19, no l, pp 1-15 kant-studien 89 jahrg , s formulation of the categorical imperative: act only according to that maxim through which you can at the same time will that it should become a universal law. The article compares two different interpretations of kant's categorical imperative −the practical and the logical one− and defends the practical one, arguing that it is superior because it rejects cases of free riding without necessarily rejecting cases of coordination or timing the logical interpretation, on the other hand, leads. Puilosophical perspectives solutely (categorically) rather than conditionally (hypothetically) in the archaic language in which kant himself expresses it, the categorical imperative states: act only on that maxim whereby thou canst at the same lime will that it should become a universal law' 5 kant argues that all.
1 kant's formula of universal law christine m korsgaard kant's first formulation of the categorical imperative, the formula of universal law, runs: act only by your will to become a law of nature, and he uses this latter formulation in his logical contradiction interpretation for the contradiction in conception test.
But kant goes a step further and formulates a supreme rational principle that tells us precisely whether a specific action is right or wrong he calls this principle the categorical imperative: act only on that maxim by which you can at the same time will that it should become a universal law according to the categorical. Kant's first formulation of the categorical imperative is that of universalizability: [ 14] act only according to that maxim by which you can at the same time will that it should become a universal law — immanuel kant, groundwork of the metaphysics of morals (1785)  when someone acts, it is according to a rule, or maxim.
The article compares two different interpretations of kant's categorical imperative −the practical and the logical one− and defends the practical one, arguing that it some actions are of such a nature that their maxim cannot even be thought as a universal law of nature without contradiction, far from it being possible that one. Central to kant's construction of the moral law is the categorical imperative, which acts on all people, regardless of their interests or desires kant formulated the categorical imperative in various ways his principle of universalizability requires that, for an action to be permissible, it must be possible to apply it to all people.