chapter  V
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In this chapter I want to focus upon a further aspect of the individualism in Kant’s conception of respect and equality. This is the notion of respect as non-interference, the idea that we show our respect for others by leaving them alone to pursue ends and goals they have chosen for themselves. It is easy to feel that this is all that can be expected from us in our relations with others. I shall attempt to show that this notion of ‘respect’ gives us little sense of our need for relations with others, of ways others can sometimes help us to clarify our goals and define our individualities.