Objections to the first formulation of Kant's Categorical Imperative

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These maxims are otherwise known as universilizable maxims. Maxims can then be put through the Categorical Imerative test to determine their universilisablility and thus the premissability the maxim. To test a maxim we must ask ourselves whether we can consistently will for a maxim to be obeyed by everyone all the time...
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If we can, then the act is permissible but if we will inconsistently then the maxim is not universalisable and the act is forbidden. There are two ways to we can will inconsistently, either the generalized maxim is logically impossible or that what we will contradicts another of our wills. An example of a maxim which would not pass the Categorical Imperative test would be : "Whenever anyone wants money they will make a false promise, borrow the money and never pay the lender back...
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