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Single Idea 21029

[catalogued under 23. Ethics / C. Virtue Theory / 3. Virtues / h. Respect]

Full Idea

Kantian respect is unlike love. It's unlike sympathy. It's unlike solidarity or fellow feeling. ...Kantian respect is for humanity as such, for a rational capacity that resides, undifferentiated, in all of us.

Gist of Idea

Kantian respect is for humanity and reason (not from love or sympathy or solidarity)

Source

Michael J. Sandel (Justice: What's the right thing to do? [2009], 05)

A Reaction

Why is it 'undifferentiated'? If reason is the source of the respect, why don't greater powers of reason command greater respect? The nice thing is that the rejected versions involve bias, but Kant's version does not.

Book Reference

Sandel,Michael: 'Justice: what's the right thing to do?' [Penguin 2010], p.123