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Thus, the first formulation of the "categorical imperative" is, "Act only according to that maxim whereby you can at the same time will that it should become a universal law." (Pg. 54) By maxim, he means the rule or principle on which you act. Consider the example Kant gives of giving a false promise...
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Consider the example Kant gives of giving a false promise. Making false promises is wrong and therefore could not be a universal law, because every rational being would not adopt this as a principle of action. The practical imperative will therefore be as follows: "Act so that you treat humanity, whether in your own person or in the person of another, always at the same time as an end and never simply as a mean...
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