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Harris exam notes Harris: Wht is autonomy according to kantian view? - The Kantian notion of treating persons as ends- as autonomous agents in pursuit of morally legitimate interests 2. distinguish between interests that are prima facie morally legitimate and those that are morally legitimate simpliciter or legitimate after all moral considerations are in: - An interest that is prima facie morally legitimate is one that in itself is a morally permissible interest to have. The interest in sex and the interest in procreation are two such interests, as are the interest in grandparents having grandchildren and the interest of a country in having a larger population - But one way in which prima facie morally legitimate interests can fail to be morally legitimate simpliciter is for a person who has these interests to pursue them in ways that are morally illegitimate. Assume that the rapist has an interest in sex (which is doubtful, at least that it is his primary interest.) This interest fails to be morally legitimate simpliciter when the pursuit of it invades the morally legitimate interest his victim has in her choice of sexual partners. And it is the primacy of the importance of individual choice and its moral legitimacy that is at the heart of the concept of autonomy employed here. Thus a prima facie morally legitimate interest can fail to be morally legitimate simpliciter if it is pursued in a way that does not respect the autonomy of others to pursue their morally legitimate interests. So like the rapist who has an interest in sex, there is nothing wrong with what the country wants in wanting a larger population or in what potential grandparents want in wanting gran
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