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Treating Persons as Means

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[New Entry by Samuel Kerstein on April 13, 2019.] Sometimes it is morally wrong to treat persons as means. When a person says that someone is treating him merely as a means, for example, he often implies that she is failing to abide by a moral norm. Ethically disapproving judgments that a person is "just using" or sometimes simply "using" another are common in everyday discourse (e.g., Goldman a Schmidt 2018). Authors appeal to the idea that research on human subjects (Levine 2007: 140; Van der Graaf and Van Delden 2012), management of employees...

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