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Maxim
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I. Philosophy – II. Ethics

I. Philosophy

The term originated in the expression propositio maxima, the designation of the major premise in a syllogism. It can denote an axiom or a practical principle. It attained relevance in I. Kant's moral philosophy. Kant describes any subjective motivation to initiate an action as a maxim, in contrast to the objectively valid, general law (Law and legislation). The categorical imperative requires that only those maxims be allowed which can also count as laws (Grundlegung zur Met…

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Steinmann, Michael and Herms, Eilert, “Maxim”, in: Religion Past and Present. Consulted online on 20 October 2019 <http://dx.doi.org/10.1163/1877-5888_rpp_COM_13745>
First published online: 2011
First print edition: ISBN: 9789004146662, 2006-2013



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