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How to Treat Persons

Samuel J. Kerstein


This book takes its inspiration from Immanuel Kant’s “Formula of Humanity,” which commands that we treat persons never merely as means but always as ends in themselves. The book aims, first, to develop ideas suggested by the Formula of Humanity into clear, plausible moral principles. It builds a new, detailed account of when a person treats another merely as a means, that is, “just uses” the other and thereby acts pro tanto wrongly. The book questions the plausibility of an orthodox Kantian account of the dignity of persons, but then offers a novel account of its own. The book’s second main go ... More

Keywords: consent, dignity, kant, mere means, morality, organ markets, research ethics, resource allocation, respect for persons, transplantation, using, worth

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2013 Print ISBN-13: 9780199692033
Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: May 2013 DOI:10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199692033.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Samuel J. Kerstein, author
University of Maryland, College Park