Act only on that maxim through which you can at the same time will that it should become a universal law.
A Universal Law
Topic: Virtue, Morality, & Ethics
“Act only on that maxim through which you can at the same time will that it should become a universal law.”
Immanuel Kant (22 April 1724 – 12 February 1804) was a German philosopher who is a central figure in modern philosophy. Kant argued that the human mind creates the structure of human experience, that reason is the source of morality, that aesthetics arises from a faculty of disinterested judgment, that space and time are forms of human sensibility, and that the world as it is "in-itself" is independent of humanity's concepts of it. Kant took himself to have effected a "Copernican revolution" in philosophy, akin to Copernicus' reversal of the age-old belief that the sun revolves around the earth. Kant's beliefs continue to have a major influence on contemporary philosophy, especially the fields of metaphysics, epistemology, ethics, political theory, and aesthetics.
Groundwork for the Metaphysics of Morals
Wilson, Andrew, editor. World Scripture II. Universal Peace Federation, 2011, p. 68 [Immanuel Kant, Groundwork for the Metaphysics of Morals].
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