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Maxims and thick ethical concepts

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I begin with Kant's notion of a maxim and consider the role which this notion plays in Kant's formulations of the fundamental categorical imperative. This raises the question of what a maxim is, and why there is not the same requirement for resolutions of other kinds to be universalizable. Drawing on Bernard Williams' notion of a thick ethical concept, I proffer an answer to this question which is intended neither in a spirit of simple exegesis nor as a straightforward exercise in moral philo...

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Institution:
University of Oxford
Oxford college:
St Hugh's College
Department:
Humanities Division - Philosophy Faculty
Publisher:
Blackwell Publishing Ltd. Publisher's website
Journal:
Ratio Journal website
Volume:
19
Issue:
2
Pages:
129-147
Publication date:
2006-06-05
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EISSN:
1467-9329
ISSN:
0034-0006
URN:
uuid:e97bbbb4-dbc4-4275-8f55-26fc3cd908c2
Local pid:
ora:4367
Language:
English
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