PHIL 2170 Lecture Notes - Martha Nussbaum, Category Mistake, Fungibility

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Objectification (the usual/kantian argument): to treat someone as an object, it to be treated as not a person, being a person is what grounds our right to respect and autonomy (etc. ) When we"re treated as an object/not a person we don"t have autonomy or respect: so, being treated as an object is incompatible with being treated as autonomous or with respect. Kant personhood, certain capacities for moral deliberation animals/objects do not have, separates us from those categories. Mckinnon/dworkin: women are [unavoidably] treated as objects. Nussbaum: are objects and persons mutually exclusive? (does premise 1 hold?) If not, then: what is particularly bad about objectifying women? (do mckinnon and. Seven ways to treat a person as a thing: Instrumentally the objectifier treats the object as a tool of his or her purposes. 1: denial of autonomy kantian idea. Assuming you have no interest of your own. 3. things; commit to performing actions; willingly do things with body/mind.

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