Golden Rule  

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"In Civilization and Its Discontents, Freud attacks the golden rule that commands us to “love thy neighbour as thyself”."--Sholem Stein

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The principle that one should treat other people in the manner in which one would want to be treated by them.

Immanuel Kant famously criticized the golden rule for not being sensitive to differences of situation, noting that a prisoner duly convicted of a crime could appeal to the golden rule while asking the judge to release him, pointing out that the judge would not want anyone else to send him to prison, so he should not do so to others. Kant's Categorical Imperative, introduced in Groundwork of the Metaphysic of Morals, is often confused with the Golden Rule.


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