as means, as ends


Kant said : "Act in such a way that you always treat humanity, whether in your own person or in the person of any other, never simply as means, but always at the same time as ends."

I don't understant the meaning of "as ends", could someone explain me?

Thanks a lot :)
  • pyan

    Senior Member
    English, UK, London
    Emmanuel Kant (1724-1804) "Traite toujours autrui comme une fin et jamais seulement comme un moyen"

    Une "fin", qu’est-ce que cela signifie ? La fin, c’est le but ; et le moyen, ce par quoi nous passons pour y parvenir.

    I hope this helps.
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