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Universalizability and Self-Improvement

Robert N. Johnson

in Self-Improvement

Published in print October 2011 | ISBN: 9780199599349
Published online January 2012 | e-ISBN: 9780191731556 | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199599349.003.0003
Universalizability and Self-Improvement

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The Formula of the Universal Law of Nature is perhaps the most well-known version of the Categorical Imperative. This chapter sets out the author’s understanding of this Formula and explains in detail the structure of a Kantian argument for self-improvement based on it. The central argument of the chapter is thatthis Formula can only establish that persons ought to perform certain self-developing acts. It cannot establish, however, that persons ought to pursue self-development as a goal.

Keywords: Categorical Imperative; Formula of the Universal Law of Nature; Kant; maxims; obligatory goals; plans; universalization

Chapter.  9395 words. 

Subjects: Moral Philosophy

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