What does treating as ends in themselves mean..
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Kantian Ethics watch
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- 02-04-2013 19:47
- 04-04-2013 01:09
I'd imagine if had anything to do with Kant it would be regarding the notion that certain acts/principles are categorically moral (or not so moral). The act itself, therefore, defines its morality rather than the end arising as a consequence of said act.
Lying is wrong. According to Kant, therefore, in any circumstance, if we are to act morally, we must tell the truth. This holds even if the truth may yield an undesirable outcome.
It's noteworthy, however, that you could tell a half truth and not defy a categorical principle according to Kant, and avoid an undesirable outcome.
I'm no expert on Kant and read him a while ago now so I hope this is helpful.