Philosophy, Department of


Date of this Version



Philosophia (July 1994) 23(1-4): 59-90.


Copyright 1994, Bar-Ilan University. Used by permission.


It has been noticed in the English-language literature concerning Kant's ethics, at least since Marcus Singer's extended discussion in later chapters of Generalization in Ethics! that the concept of a maxim plays a central role in the application of the categorical imperative, and that it is, for that reason, if not for others, worth detailed attention. In the present essay I wish to consider the Kantian concept of maxim in a broader context.