The Kingdom of Ends is a thought experiment in the moral philosophy of Immanuel Kant. Kant introduced the concept in his work, the Groundwork of the Metaphysic of Morals (4:439). It proposes a world in which all human beings are treated as ends in themselves, rather than made use of as means to the ends of other people.
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“He is a strong man who can hold down his opinion. A man cannot utter two or three sentences, without disclosing to intelligent ears precisely where he stands in life and thought, namely, whether in the kingdom of the senses and the understanding, or, in that of ideas and imagination, in the realm of intuitions and duty.”
—Ralph Waldo Emerson (18031882)
“It is great
To do that thing that ends all other deeds,
Which shackles accidents and bolts up change.”
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“And ye shall hear of wars and rumours of wars: see that ye be not troubled: for all these things must come to pass, but the end is not yet. For nation shall rise against nation, and kingdom against kingdom: and there shall be famines, and pestilences, and earthquakes, in divers places.”
—Bible: New Testament Jesus, in Matthew, 24:6-7.