Robert Merrihew Adams

in Finite and Infinite Goods

Published in print June 2002 | ISBN: 9780195153712
Published online November 2003 | e-ISBN: 9780199869381 | DOI:

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This chapter argues that the moral life needs good projects, engaging one's love or commitment, that are one's own in a morally valid way, and that the concept of vocation is helpful in structuring this aspect of the moral life. Vocation may be conceived in terms of either a command or an invitation from God. The argument here suggests that it will normally be a matter of actual goods that are given to one to love, and that it should be connected with a conception of one's selfhood. This conception is defended against act consequentialism as a way of identifying one's own moral tasks.

Keywords: consequentialism; divine command; love; selfhood; vocation

Chapter.  15488 words. 

Subjects: Moral Philosophy

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