This book advances our understanding of the nature, grounds and limits of human dignity by connecting it with Kant’s notion of an ideal moral community, or "Kingdom of Ends". It features original essays by leading Kant scholars and moral and political philosophers from around the world.

Although Kant’s influential injunction to treat humanity as an end in itself and never merely as a means has garnered the most attention among those interested in analyzing human dignity with a Kantian lens, Kant himself places much more emphasis on the Kingdom of Ends as crucial for defining human dignity. The chapters in this collection focus not only on interpretive issues related to the Kingdom of Ends but also on practical applications that have the potential to advance discussions about the nature and foundations of rights, the content of moral principles, the importance of moral ideals and attitudes and the nature of moral motivation. Exploring and connecting the ideas of human dignity and the Kingdom of Ends significantly deepens our moral understanding, advances discussions in moral and political philosophy and enhances our appreciation of Kant’s moral theory.

Human Dignity and the Kingdom of Ends: Kantian Perspectives and Practical Applications will appeal to scholars and advanced students of Kant, moral philosophy, political philosophy, and political theory.

chapter |25 pages

Human Dignity and the Kingdom of Ends

An Introduction
ByJan-Willem van der Rijt, Adam Cureton

part I|79 pages

Human Dignity and the Kingdom of Ends in Kant's Groundwork

chapter 1|22 pages

The Dignity of Freedom

ByPaul Guyer

chapter 2|17 pages

The Kingdom of Ends in the Groundwork

ByOliver Sensen

chapter 3|20 pages

“Closer to intuition (according to a certain analogy) and thereby to feeling”

Making Kant's Kingdom of Ends Intuitive
ByMark Timmons

chapter 4|18 pages

Kant's Understanding of Human Dignity as Self-Determination in the Realm of Ends

ByDietmar von der Pfordten

part II|117 pages

The Politics of Human Dignity and the Kingdom of Ends

chapter 5|23 pages

Honeste Vive

Dignity in Kant's Theory of Juridical Obligation
ByAlice Pinheiro Walla

chapter 6|16 pages

All Kings in the Kingdom of Ends?

ByJeremy Waldron

chapter 7|20 pages

The Transmutation of Dignity

Kant, Neo-Roman Republicanism, and the Commonwealth of Ends
ByJan-Willem van der Rijt

chapter 8|22 pages

Respect and Retribution in the Kingdom of Ends

ByDavid Sussman

chapter 9|16 pages

Kantian Human Dignity and a “Community of Rights”

ByMarcus Düwell

chapter 10|18 pages

Poverty, Dignity, and the Kingdom of Ends

ByCorinna Mieth, Garrath Williams

part III|105 pages

The Ethics of Human Dignity and the Kingdom of Ends

chapter 11|22 pages

Legislating in the Fray

Lillian Hellman and the Kingdom of Ends 1
BySarah Holtman

chapter 12|17 pages

The Kingdom of Ends as Ideal

ByKiran Bhardwaj

chapter 13|17 pages

Gaslighting, Self-Respect, and the Kingdom of Ends 1

ByCynthia A. Stark

chapter 14|27 pages

Knowledge, Error, and Enlightenment in the Kingdom of Ends

ByAdam Cureton

chapter 15|20 pages

Deliberating with Solidarity, Respect, and Appreciation

ByThomas E. Hill