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Kant And Intrinsic Worth: What Is Intrinsic Worth?

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Intrinsic worth

Literally, intrinsic worth means some inherent qualities that every human naturally possesses; however, to Kant intrinsic concept indicates worth with ends, which is contrary to instrumental worth. Its intrinsic value is subjective, which does not have relative value with regards to place and situation. Therefore, it has intrinsic in itself at everywhere and to any human being according to Kant. A worth from the seller perspective has invaluable worth, however, the intrinsic worth is from the perspective of subjective (owner), therefore, the worth of dignity has invaluable worth due to its subjective (demand of) value. Therefore, instead of relative price from customer perspective, it has its own infinite value. Simply due to human being who deserved dignity, has an intrinsic worth. Similar formulation as done by Bernstein seems converge with Kant’s worth to an individual is 'for its own sake. (Bernstein, 2001). Kant’s claim on the concept of dignity is rather secular; therefore,
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as supreme condition of its harmony with universal practical reason, the idea of the will of every rational being as a will giving universal law. (GW, 4: 431); (Kant, 1998, p. 39). Free will, moral law, autonomy freedom and rationality, have interconnection for its maintaining dignity. ‘A free will is one governed by the moral law, so if we have free wills, we are governed by the moral law. (Kant, 1998, p. xxvii). With proper application of own will control from any influences, moral law works without any contradiction. Morality is thus the relation of actions to the autonomy of the will, that is, to a possible giving of universal law through its maxims. (GW, 4: 439/46). As well as ‘rationality requires that we act under the idea of freedom, and freedom is government by the moral law, so rationality requires that we regard ourselves as governed by the moral law. . (Kant, 1998, p.
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