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An internal link of course has to be explained. Hare for example explains this link by his `prescriptivism'. He holds that moral terms such as `good' are learned in contexts of choice. One of the aspects of evaluating something as good is choosing it from alternatives that are less good. This choice is implied by the use of moral language. If one says that something is good but he does not act according to it, we doubt whether he really believes it is good. ' is answered by Hare by his prescriptivism according to which moral terms go together with prescriptions.

For example, although it can be argued that if all robbed a bank, it would be disastrous and because of this it is right for no one to rob a bank, it can also be argued that it would not be disastrous if all called Lionel B. born 24-111964 robbed a bank. So it could be allowed for Lionel B. born 24-11-1964 to rob a bank. 2. WHY MORAL UNIVERSALISM? 25 only one person satisfying the description the principle would be useless. However, against this reasoning Singer replies that if being called Lionel B.

The main element of the maxim is `acting in such a way that fair procedures are not undermined', of which the universal variant is not impossible at all. But whatever the content of the maxim should be in this example, it shows the dependency of the precise content of the maxim. If refusing bribes is not seen in the light of the maxim of the agent furthering fair procedures, but the agent just refuses bribes because they are too risky to accept and nothing else, then refusing bribes would be not permitted.

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