Partiality, Agent-Relative Reasons, and the Individuals View

Löschke, Jörg (2014). Partiality, Agent-Relative Reasons, and the Individuals View. Social Theory and Practice, 40(4), pp. 673-682. Philosophy Documentation Center 10.5840/soctheorpract201440439

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The paper offers a critical discussion of Simon Keller’s individuals view concerning the grounds of special obligations. It is argued that the view offers a misleading account of agent-relative reasons, which leads to problems with the arguments Keller offers for his view – the Kantian, consequentialist, particularistic argument. Furthermore, it argues that Keller’s argument from phenomenology suffers from not distinguishing between reasons for partiality and reasons from partiality. At best, it can be applied to reasons from partiality – reasons that agents have in virtue of standing in a relationship of partiality with some other person. Thus, the argument does not support the individuals view, as it is compatible with the other approaches Keller discusses. The paper suggests a modified relationship view to ground reasons of partiality.

Item Type:

Journal Article (Original Article)

Division/Institute:

06 Faculty of Humanities > Department of Art and Cultural Studies > Institute of Philosophy
06 Faculty of Humanities > Department of Art and Cultural Studies > Institute of Philosophy > Practical Philosophy

UniBE Contributor:

Löschke, Jörg

Subjects:

100 Philosophy
100 Philosophy > 170 Ethics

ISSN:

0037-802X

Publisher:

Philosophy Documentation Center

Funders:

[4] Swiss National Science Foundation

Projects:

[UNSPECIFIED] Der normative Stellenwert akteur-relativer Gründe

Language:

English

Submitter:

Jörg Löschke

Date Deposited:

13 Apr 2015 10:52

Last Modified:

14 Apr 2015 22:12

Publisher DOI:

10.5840/soctheorpract201440439

BORIS DOI:

10.7892/boris.67182

URI:

https://boris.unibe.ch/id/eprint/67182

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