Kants ethics

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The maxim that could be invoked is, "when I need of money, borrow it, promising to repay it, even though I do not intend to." But when we apply the universality test to this maxim it becomes clear that if everyone were to act in this fashion, the institution of promising itself would be undermined. The borrower makes a promise, willing that there be no such thing as promises...
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The borrower makes a promise, willing that there be no such thing as promises. Thus such an action fails the universality test." Kant basically says this, action is wrong because it is wrong if everyone does it. It is wrong to kill because if everyone kills then we are left with world destruction which is bad, so killing must be wrong in all circumstances to avoid the argument from heap...
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