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Single Idea 21031

[catalogued under 23. Ethics / D. Deontological Ethics / 4. Persons as Ends]

Full Idea

Man cannot dispose over himself because he is not a thing; he is not his own property.

Gist of Idea

Man cannot dispose of himself, because he is not a thing to be owned

Source

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

A Reaction

[Kant lecture note] This is an important qualification to persons as ends. If a person owned themselves, that would separate the person from what they owned. Sandel mentions selling your own organs. Kant is considering prostitution. Why is slavery wrong?

Book Reference

Sandel,Michael: 'Justice: what's the right thing to do?' [Penguin 2010], p.130