Promise, Obligation, Agreement: An Essay in Social Philosophy

Hardcover | March 31, 2011

byHanoch Sheinman

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Promises and agreements are everywhere; we make, receive, keep, and break them on a daily basis. The quest to understand these social practices is integral to understanding ourselves as social creatures. The study of promises and agreements is enjoying a renaissance in many areas of socialphilosophy, including philosophy of language, action theory, normative ethics, value theory, and legal philosophy. This volume is the first collection of philosophical papers on promises and agreements, bringing together sixteen original self-standing contributions to the philosophical literature. The contributors highlight some of the more interesting aspects of the ubiquitous social phenomena of promises andagreements from different philosophical perspectives.

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Promises and agreements are everywhere; we make, receive, keep, and break them on a daily basis. The quest to understand these social practices is integral to understanding ourselves as social creatures. The study of promises and agreements is enjoying a renaissance in many areas of socialphilosophy, including philosophy of language, a...

Hanoch Sheinman is Assistant Professor of Philosophy at Rice University and editor of Promises and Agreements.
Format:HardcoverDimensions:432 pages, 9.25 × 6.12 × 0.98 inPublished:March 31, 2011Publisher:Oxford University PressLanguage:English

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PrefaceContributorsAnnotated Table of Contents1. Introduction: Understanding Promises and Agreements2. The Problem with Promising3. Three Dogmas about Promising4. Is Promising a Practice and Nothing More?5. The Importance of Self-Promises6. On Coerced Promises7. Promising Too Much8. The Value of Making and Keeping Promises9. Act-Utilitarianism and Promises10. Promises and Rule Consequentialism11. Demystifying Promises12. Promises and Trust13. Promise as an Arm's Length Relation14. Sidgwick on Promises15. Contractarianism and Emergency16. Agreement as Joint PromiseSubject IndexName Index