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Unformatted text preview: only as a means to some end. To treat a person as an end is to treat them as they freely and knowingly choose to be treated. It is to recognize their humanity; to respect them as rational moral agents who also have their own goals in life. The moment you treat others merely as a means to promote your own interests destroys their worth, moral agency (their humanity). Morality for Kant thus requires that you recognize that each of us has certain rights, goals and projects that must be respected. IV. Consequences Some argue that a person is morally responsible for their actions based on the consequences of their action(s). With Kant's view, we would not have to worry about the consequences when we act or perform our moral duties. As long as we act from a sense of duty (i.e., follow the formulations of the categorical imperative), we would not have to worry (so much) about being responsible for our actions....
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This note was uploaded on 09/08/2010 for the course PHIL 61 at San Jose State University .