Re: "Cloning Breakthrough" not one

From: Damien Broderick (
Date: Mon Nov 26 2001 - 21:17:33 MST

At 10:27 PM 11/26/01 +0100, Anders wrote:

> - The Kantian ethical idea that humans must be ends in
>themselves, and not tools for other ends is sometimes invoked by
>suggesting that clones are created for other reasons than simply being

Wrong! As my pal Russell Blackford regularly points out, Kant arguedthat
humans must not be used *only* as tools for other ends. Obviously, nearly
all human activities, moral and immoral alike, involve other people as
means; the immorality only emerges, for Kant, when this is the *sole* aspect.

This places severe bounds on using Kant to attack human cloning *per se*.

Damien Broderick

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