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Single Idea 21414

[catalogued under 23. Ethics / C. Virtue Theory / 1. Virtue Theory / a. Nature of virtue]

Full Idea

The supreme principle of the doctrine of virtue is: Act in accordance with a maxim of ends that it can be a universal law for everyone to have.

Gist of Idea

The supreme principle of virtue is to find universal laws for ends


Immanuel Kant (Metaphysics of Morals II:Doctrine of Virtue [1797], 395 Intro IX)

Book Reference

Kant,Immanuel: 'The Metaphysics of Morals', ed/tr. Gregor,Mary [CUP 1991], p.198

A Reaction

I'm not sure that any end can be a universal law. I certainly don't expect everyone to study philosophy. I suppose basic human ends, such as kindness and avoidance of suicide, are what he means. He's even more conformist than Aristotle!

Related Idea

Idea 21411 A duty of virtue is a duty which is also an end [Kant]