The Priority of Impartial Morality

Susan Mendus

in Impartiality in Moral and Political Philosophy

Published in print April 2002 | ISBN: 9780198297819
Published online November 2003 | e-ISBN: 9780191599880 | DOI:
The Priority of Impartial Morality

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In moral philosophy, the requirement of impartiality gives rise to the normative question, which is a question about why we should give priority to, and be motivated by, impartial concerns which conflict with the concerns we have for particular people or causes. In this chapter, discussion concentrates on those who already see the force of the requirements of impartial morality, but are sometimes tempted to ignore its demands. I suggest that, for such people, impartialism can command motivational priority only if it is seen as springing from our partial concerns and care for others. When impartialism is so grounded, it may also be commended to those who do not antecedently recognize its force.

Keywords: care; moral impartialism; morality; motivation; normative question; partiality; priority

Chapter.  21577 words. 

Subjects: Political Theory

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