You are an end in yourself

Post date: Mar 26, 2010 10:26:08 PM

It follows incontestably that, to whatever laws any rational being may be subject, he being an end in himself must be able to regard himself as also legislating universally in respect to these same laws, since it is just this fitness of his maxims for universal legislation that distinguishes him as an end in himself.

Kant in Grounding for the Metaphysics of Morals, Part III