Kant and Respect for

Kant and Respect for - Kant and Respect for Persons Kant...

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Kant and Respect for Persons Kant thought that human beings occupy a special place in creation. Animals have value only insofar as they serve human purposes. Things only have the value that human beings give them. Human beings cannot be used as means to an end, but animals can. Human beings have dignity because they are rational agents capable of making their own decisions and guiding their conduct by reason. Therefore, we have the duty of beneficence, doing good, to all persons. We may never manipulate people, i.e., lie or cheat them, in order to achieve our purposes. Retribution and Utility in the Theory of Punishment: When is it right to treat people badly? Utilitarianism says its OK, if there is a good purpose served by punishing people and making them suffer. Therefore, we can punish people as much as we want if it will make for a better society or cure the individual.
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Prisons are now called correctional facilities: utilitarian ideology reigns in the criminal justice system, although its critics say it
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