The Problem of the Kantian Line

International Philosophical Quarterly 59 (2):193-217 (2019)
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Abstract

In this paper I discuss the problem of the Kantian line. The problem arises because the locus of value in Kantian ethics is rationality, which (counterintuitively) seems to entail that there are no duties to groups of beings like children. I argue that recent attempts to solve this problem by Wood and O’Neill overlook an important aspect of it before posing my own solution.

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Samuel J. M. Kahn
Indiana University Purdue University, Indianapolis

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