Basic Respect and Cultural Diversity

Thomas E. Hill

in Respect, Pluralism, and Justice

Published in print March 2000 | ISBN: 9780198238348
Published online November 2003 | e-ISBN: 9780191597688 | DOI:
 Basic Respect and Cultural Diversity

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Explores the implications of respect for humanity when interpreted as appropriately valuing persons as valuers. After briefly contrasting other historical views, the essay proposes ways for supplementing Kant's ethics by a richer account of how we actually value various things—i.e. an account sensitive to the fact that we are not merely ‘free and rational’ but also socially and historically embedded persons. The essay then explores the significance of this expanded perspective for dealing with problems raised by cultural diversity, concluding with comments on whether the ‘canon’ of college and university literature should be replaced by more culturally diverse readings.

Keywords: cultural diversity; humanity; Kantian ethics; respect; value

Chapter.  12696 words. 

Subjects: Moral Philosophy

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