The Kingdom of Ends

Dissertation, Temple University (1993)
  Copy   BIBTEX


This dissertation presents the argument that the concept of the kingdom of ends is a necessary part of Kant's ethics in that it is not a determinant of the will but rather the primary object of reason's interest and a transcendental ideal; it is the systematization of the ends of all moral reasoning and action, and it is important as the pivotal point in providing systematic unity for Kant's theories of nature, law and morality. The two major sources of inspiration for this topic were the discussion of objective ends in Atwell's Ends and Principles in Kant's Moral Thought, and two articles in Hill's Dignity and Practical Reason in Kant's Moral Theory, i.e., "The Kingdom of Ends," and "Kant's Utopianism." I argue that the kingdom of ends is a purely theoretical, transcendental, moral ideal, with all social and empirical connections abstracted from the concept. This is in accordance with Kant's statements that the kingdom of ends is an ideal , is conceived in analogy with the kingdom of nature , and is abstracted from all personal differences and private or subjective ends of its members . I argue that the kingdom of ends is not a social or political utopia; it is not a depiction of future "perfect political constitution" or a state of perpetual peace in the world. I conclude that it is, however, a synthetic a priori rational, moral system strongly analogous to mathematical systems. The kingdom of ends is a fruitful concept for moral life and action in the same way that abstract geometry is useful for engineering and surveying. Moreover, I hold the kingdom of ends to be the transcendental ideal for all rational endeavor, both theoretical and moral , in the same way that the cosmological ideal is the concept of complete systematic unity of all natural philosophy and science



    Upload a copy of this work     Papers currently archived: 86,377

External links

  • This entry has no external links. Add one.
Setup an account with your affiliations in order to access resources via your University's proxy server

Through your library

Similar books and articles

Animals in the Kingdom of Ends.Heather M. Kendrick - 2010 - Between the Species 13 (10):2.
Moral literacy.Barbara Herman - 2007 - New York: Harvard University Press.
Is Kant's Realm of Ends a Unum per Se? Aquinas, Suárez, Leibniz and Kant on Composition.Lucas Thorpe - 2010 - British Journal for the History of Philosophy 18 (3):461-485.
Moral Agency in the System of Kant's Realm of Ends.Cynthia Ann Schossberger - 2003 - Dissertation, University of Pennsylvania
Setting ends for oneself through reason.Andrews Reath - 2009 - In Simon Robertson (ed.), Spheres of Reason. Oxford University Press.
Habermas en el 'Reino de los fines' (Variaciones sobre un tema kantiano).Javier Muguerza Carpintier - 2010 - Telos: Revista Iberoamericana de Estudios Utilitaristas 17 (2):55-89.
Kant's Kingdom of Ends.Mary A. McCloskey - 1976 - Philosophy 51 (198):391 - 399.


Added to PP


6 months

Historical graph of downloads

Sorry, there are not enough data points to plot this chart.
How can I increase my downloads?

Citations of this work

No citations found.

Add more citations

References found in this work

No references found.

Add more references