According to Kant a maxim is a "subjective principle of volition."
It is a general principle that someone acts on in making choices.
Examples of Maxims:
- I will brush my teeth after eating a meal.
- If it looks like it is going to rain, I will take an umbrella.
- If someone hurts me, I'll try to hurt them back.
- If I find I've hurt someone, I'll apologize to them.
- I will check in with my parents at least once a week.
- If there's a party that I could attend, I'll make every effort to go.
- If one of my favorite musicians comes out with a new CD, I'll try to
buy it as soon as I can.
- If someone rats on me, I'll kill 'em.
- If I can get away without doing some task, I will avoid doing it.
- If I've done something wrong, I'll find a way to blame someone else.
last modified: 3 March 1999