Kant's Kingdom of Ends

This is a hypothetical state of being in which Kant assumes that all individuals should be subject to common laws only if they consent to them (Kant, 1785). It is a state of being composed of rational individuals capable of deliberating over issues around and within them. Kant (1785) says that for these individuals to achieve this kingdom, then they must first form common laws which should be universal and that every individual must conform to them. The laws being universal can be used to judge every individual’s actions within this kingdom.

Kant’s kingdom of ends seems to be a very virtuous kingdom with no rulers or subjects. This is because; the individuals in this kingdom have their own sovereignty when making the universal laws and then become subjects of the same law thereafter. Every individual is compelled to be a subject as no individual come can survive on their own. This means therefore that the kingdom would be very just and fair as every person’s actions are judged according to the universal law. This means that no individual can surpass the law and thus fair and equal justice to all. This state of being is virtually none existent as evidenced in many human societies where there are some individuals who live a higher life than others and who are never subject to the laws set.

It is next to impossible to base laws to categorical imperative as Kant asserts since the laws of nature enable some beings to be more powerful than others. A universal law would require a standard form of being. Such is none existent in the human society. Much as humans who also have an individual and subjective nature would want such a state of being, it would not be possible. The concept of survival for the fittest still holds relevance to date in the human society.

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