The Robust Demands of the Good: Ethics with Attachment, Virtue and Respect
Three ideas, each from a different domain of philosophy, provide the foundation for this book. The first belongs to normative ethics, the second to metaphysics, the third to the philosophy of mind. It was a sense of convergence between the implications of those ideas that prompted me to propose the robust demands of the good as the topic of the Uehiro Lectures in Ethics that I presented in Oxford in June 2011. The book is the text, now much revised, on which I based those lectures.; "Some goods that we generate for others, as when we give them attention or help or encouragement, require us to provide that benefit under the actual circumstances where we interact. Other goods that we generate require not just that we actually provide that sort of benefit but that we are also poised to provide it, even should actual circumstances change in various ways. These goods demand robust and not merely actual beneficence. Thus to give you friendship I must be robustly, not just...[Show more]
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