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Problems of Convergence

Thomas Nagel

in Equality and Partiality

Published in print August 1995 | ISBN: 9780195098396
Published online November 2003 | e-ISBN: 9780199870059 | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1093/0195098390.003.0008
Problems of Convergence

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What sort of accommodation between egalitarian impartiality and personal motivation can pass the test of acceptability from all points of view at once? To consider this question, we must descend from the level of egalitarian impartiality and regard things instead from the mixed point of view of real members of a society. Nagel argues that an acceptable societal framework for apportioning negative interpersonal responsibilities is a condition of the moral acceptability of strict limitations on negative responsibility in the rules of individual conduct that govern personal relations within it.

Keywords: egalitarianism; justice; utilitarianism

Chapter.  3587 words. 

Subjects: Moral Philosophy

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