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Frontiers of Philosophy in China

Front. Philos. China    2020, Vol. 15 Issue (1) : 29-35
How Is the Kantian or Confucian Metaphysics Applicable to Human Dignity—Response to Wang Xiaowei
NI Peimin()
Department of Philosophy, Grand Valley State University, Allendale, MI 49401, USA
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Using the opportunity of responding to Wang’s critiques, this short article clarifies a number of important points related to the topic of human dignity. It argues that, only in moving beyond his a priori reasoning by assuming humans to be rational agents can the Kantian theory of dignity be applied to actual humans; only in taking our moral potential as a recommended way of human self-identification can the is-ought dichotomy be resolved; only in respecting human dignity can punishment be justified; and only from its function in shaping our visions and attitudes can a teleological metaphysics be helpful.

Keywords human dignity      Confucianism      a priori      is-ought dichotomy      teleological metaphysics     
Issue Date: 31 March 2020
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NI Peimin. How Is the Kantian or Confucian Metaphysics Applicable to Human Dignity—Response to Wang Xiaowei[J]. Front. Philos. China, 2020, 15(1): 29-35.
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