chapter  Chapter 7
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Persons as Ends

WithJohn Kleinig

Here we consider a doctrine—usually associated with Kant, but which has now passed into more general moral currency—that we should never treat others merely as means but should always treat them as ends. What does this mean? Is it plausible, and why, and if so, how should it constrain our relations with others? Here we seek to make the claim more precise, and to connect it with the idea that humans are to be accorded a certain dignity and treated with treated with a certain kind of respect. Implications for police work are noted.