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Single Idea 3733

[catalogued under 23. Ethics / B. Contract Ethics / 2. Golden Rule]

Full Idea

The 'golden rule' is merely derivative from our principle, but it cannot be a universal law since it isn't the ground of duties to oneself or others (since it implies a breakable contract).

Gist of Idea

The 'golden rule' cannot be a universal law as it implies no duties


Immanuel Kant (Groundwork of the Metaphysic of Morals [1785], 430.68 n)

Book Reference

Kant,Immanuel: 'The Moral Law (Groundwork of Morals)', ed/tr. Paton,H.J. [Hutchinson 1948], p.92