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Getting Morality Off the Ground

Susan Mendus

in Impartiality in Moral and Political Philosophy

Published in print April 2002 | ISBN: 9780198297819
Published online November 2003 | e-ISBN: 9780191599880 | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1093/0198297815.003.0004
Getting Morality Off the Ground

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This chapter asks whether and why impartial morality can be commended to those who do not antecedently feel its force. Can the care and concern we feel for particular others provide a reason for adopting impartial moral philosophy? I argue that, unlike commitment to equality, concern for particular others is sufficiently widespread to provide a foundation for impartial morality that does not presuppose any particular comprehensive conception of the good and which, for that reason, is compatible with the permanence of pluralism.

Keywords: care; equality; good; moral impartialism; motivation; pluralism

Chapter.  19275 words. 

Subjects: Political Theory

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