Immanuel Kant (1724-1804), central figure in modern philosophy, formulate the following ground of “Universal Law”:
Act only in such a way that the rule you act under (maxim) can become a universal law. In other words, only act in ways that any other agent can act.
‘Act in such a way that you always treat humanity, whether in your own person or in the person of any other, never simply as a means, but always at the same time as an end‘ ( 4: 429)
I think, this is just a clever way to steal ideas 🙂 Take an idea, add some few fancy philosophical salt and pepper flavors and bang! “New Idea“