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In the modern human world the growing necessity of development ofmorality and ethics has led to the emergence of different opinions aboutwhat is morally acceptable and what is not However this idea startedto develop much earlier in the works of different philosophers who weretrying to reach out for the truth One of the most popular and basicconcepts of permissible and impermissible actions was developed byImmanuel Kant who has presented the idea that it is necessary to look atthe form not at the content to understand whether some maxim ispermissible or not In this regard it is notable that his understandingof the maxim through its cause-and-effect nature allows to derive thedifferences between the form and the content of the maxim that describethe different motivation of a person which subsequently leads to theargument that form is more important than its content and that anevaluation of an action should be based on the latterThe concept of maxim can be translated through the combination of anaction with the purpose of this action that can take different formsKant outlines the three forms of maxims that are a maxim of an action amaxim of a purpose and a higher order maxim More importantly eachmaxim consists of material and formal components that explain thedifferences in the motivation of a person toward acting in a certain wayin comparison to the law or duty that directs the actions of a personAs such this statement can be understood in terms of presenting eitherinternal or external reasoning that guides the behavior of a person andmakes one act in accordance to these reasons In the philosophymaterial component of the maxim explains the action or the purpose whileformal is addressed as a universal form Thus material component can bereferred as internal reasoning while formal is responsible for theexternal reason of an actionGiven the above explanation it is possible to further analyze theconcept of a maxim in regard to its relationship to the idea of moralworth It is related
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