Christine Korsgaard: Treating People as an End in Themselves
Marshall (Richard) & Korsgaard (Christine)
Source: Marshall (Richard) - Philosophy at 3:AM: Questions and Answers with 25 Top Philosophers
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Editor's Introduction1

    Christine Korsgaard begins her interview explaining Kant's formula of humanity, which conceives of our humanity as a source of value. She argues that despite what many philosophers think, Kant is best regarded as a naturalistic philosopher. She also introduces Kant's theory of obligations, which is based "in autonomy, or rational self-government." She goes on to outline her ideas about self-constitution and action, arguing that "action is significant because people are their actions." She then argues that Hume's notion of the battle between passion and reason makes no sense, preferring to understand the two faculties as serving different functions. She talks about practical normative concepts and why she places practical reasoning at the heart of all discussions about justice. She uses an example from Derek Parfit2 to raise problems with taking a predictive attitude toward our future values. She ends by dismissing claims that her Kantian, rational approach to moral philosophy can't be done; discussing moral philosophy and metaphysics as well as the dangers of saying something meaningless; and reiterating her claim about the universality of Kantian reasoning.


For the interview on-line, Link.

In-Page Footnotes

Footnote 1: In "Marshall (Richard) - Philosophy at 3:AM: Introduction".

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