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Rational Beings In Immanuel Kant's Work

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After completing this section of Immanuel Kant’s work, I could not help but take issue with one of his main points. Kant states that all “rational beings” should view themselves and other rational beings as ends within themselves. Essentially, that other humans should all just have inherent value regardless of what purpose they serve in others’ lives. Consequently, Kant uses this idea as a means to set up a universal system of respect for all other human beings. He is underscoring the notion that in order to be a morally correct human being, it is necessary to treat those around you with respect, regardless of what you may or may not need, desire or want from them. However, Kant only extends this definitive “intrinsic value” to other humans,
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