Partiality and Impartiality: Morality, Special Relationships, and the Wider World

Hardcover | November 14, 2010

EditorBrian Feltham, John Cottingham

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Issues of impartiality and partiality are a major focus of debate in moral theory. What demands do the needs and interests of others place upon us? Should our personal relationships and commitments have a special place in our moral deliberations? Or, in as much as we are moral, should we beimpartial even between our own children and complete strangers? Ten specially written essays by experts in the field offer a variety of perspectives, which will interest readers in both theoretical and practical ethics. A central theme of the volume is whether impartiality and partiality are reallyopposed dimensions or if they can be harmoniously reconciled in one picture of the good ethical life.

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Issues of impartiality and partiality are a major focus of debate in moral theory. What demands do the needs and interests of others place upon us? Should our personal relationships and commitments have a special place in our moral deliberations? Or, in as much as we are moral, should we beimpartial even between our own children and...

Brian Feltham was educated at University College London and Oxford, and lectures on political theory at the University of Reading. His research interests include political disagreement and consensus, practical reasoning, and the nature and importance of value beliefs. John Cottingham has held the Radcliffe Research Fellowship in Phil...
Format:HardcoverDimensions:240 pagesPublished:November 14, 2010Publisher:Oxford University PressLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:0199579954

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Brian Feltham: Introduction1. Brad Hooker: When is Impartiality Morally Appropriate?2. Gerald F. Gaus: The Demands of Impartiality and the Evolution of Morality3. John Cottingham: Impartiality and Ethical Formation4. Maximilian de Gaynesford: The Bishop, The Chambermaid, The Wife, and The Ass: What difference does it make if something is mine?5. Samuel Scheffler: Morality and Reasonable Partiality6. Sarah Stroud: Permissible Partiality, Projects, and Plural Agency7. Stephen Darwall: Responsibility within Relations8. Niko Kolodny: Which Relationships Justify Partiality? General Considerations and Problem Cases9. Michael Ridge: Fairness and Non-Compliance10. David Estlund: I Will If You Will: Leveraged Enhancements and Distributive JusticeBibliographyIndex