Duty and Interest

H. A. Prichard

in Moral Writings

Published in print August 2002 | ISBN: 9780199250196
Published online November 2003 | e-ISBN: 9780191598265 | DOI:

Series: British Moral Philosophers

 Duty and Interest

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To the many moral theorists who have sought to establish a necessary connection between duty and interest, Prichard replies that their project ought not to be undertaken as it commits us to the view that our only duty is to do what is to our advantage. In discussing the attempts of Plato, Butler, and Green to link duty and interest, Prichard, like Kant, maintains that the rightness of action does not depend either upon our own good or upon our belief that it depends upon our own good. Similarly, Prichard dismisses the view that our desire for our own good is our only motive.

Keywords: desire; duty; good; interest; Kant; motive; Plato

Chapter.  16765 words. 

Subjects: Moral Philosophy

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