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Single Idea 3727

[catalogued under 23. Ethics / D. Deontological Ethics / 4. Categorical Imperative]

Full Idea

The universal imperative may also run as follows: 'Act as if the maxim of your action were to become through your will a universal law of nature'.

Gist of Idea

Act as if your maxim were to become a universal law of nature


Immanuel Kant (Groundwork of the Metaphysic of Morals [1785], 421.52)

Book Reference

Kant,Immanuel: 'The Moral Law (Groundwork of Morals)', ed/tr. Paton,H.J. [Hutchinson 1948], p.84