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Single Idea 4004

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

Full Idea

The issue of consistency presupposes intrinsic description.


That is, there is one correct way to describe an action

Gist of Idea

Consistency presupposes intrinsic description


Charles Taylor (Sources of the Self [1989], 1.1)

Book Reference

Taylor,Charles: 'Sources of the Self' [CUP 1992], p.7

A Reaction

This may be the key criticism of Kant. The so-called 'maxim' of an action can be almost infinitely re-expressed to suit the agent.