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The Value of Humanity in Kant's Moral Theory
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The Value of Humanity in Kant's Moral Theory

Richard Dean

Abstract

The humanity formulation of Kant’s Categorical Imperative demands that we treat humanity as an end in itself. Because this principle resonates with currently influential ideals of human rights and dignity, contemporary readers often find it compelling, even if the rest of Kant’s moral philosophy leaves them cold. Moreover, some prominent specialists in Kant’s ethics recently have turned to the humanity formulation as the most theoretically central and promising principle of Kant’s ethics. Nevertheless, despite the intuitive appeal and the increasingly recognized philosophical importance of the ... More

Keywords: autonomy, Categorical Imperative, end in itself, good will, humanity formulation, Kant, rational nature

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2006 Print ISBN-13: 9780199285723
Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: September 2006 DOI:10.1093/0199285721.001.0001

Authors

Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Richard Dean, author
American University of Beirut
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