14 December 2010

Dignity and Preciousness

If human beings gain nobility and dignity from expression of their moral agency, does that mean that people without the capacity for moral agency--for example, children or incapacitated adults--do not have nobility or dignity? This challenging question from an insightful student prompts me to elaborate on this aspect of my Kantian position at Pileus.

(For my interpretation of Kant, see my paper, "Kantian Individualism and Political Libertarianism," The Independent Review 13, 3 (Winter 2009): 389-409; available here.)