According to Kant "a `maxim' is a subjective principle, and must be distinguished from the objective principle, namely, practical law." In other words, a maxim is a rule of action that we give to ourselves, irrespective of whether it is right or wrong.
a concisely expressed principle or rule of conduct, or a statement of a general truth; a saying of proverbial nature.
a general rule in accordance with which an agent intends to act (think of it as a general rule of thumb that guides your actions)
a concise statement of a principle, a truth, or a rule of conduct
a fundamental principle or truth
a general principle drawn from practical experience and serving as a rule of conduct
a guiding principle sanctioned by experience, and relating especially to the practical concerns of life
an established principle or proposition
a pithy statement such as "a stitch in time saves nine" that conveys a moral or message
a proposition or judgement that commends itself to acceptance
a proverb or short rule of conduct
a proverb which expresses, in a pithy and simplistic manner, some basic principle of life, relationship, morality, etc
a succinct formulation of a fundamental principle, general truth, or rule of conduct
A proposition of law that because of its universal approval needs no proof or argument; the mere statement of which gives it authority.
the material rule or principle used to guide a person in a particular situation about what to do (e.g., 'I should never tell a lie'). It thus provides a kind of bridge between a persons inner disposition and outer actions.
A moral rule which according to Kant was the subjective rule that an individual uses in making a decision.
According to Kant, a maxim is the subjective rule that an individual uses in making a decision.
1. An epression of a general truth or principle, especially an aphoristic or sententious one: the maxims of La Rochefoucauld. 2. A principle of conduct: It was his maxim never to give a sucker an even break.