Moral Obligation

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

 Moral Obligation

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Examines four principle questions about moral obligation raised by key philosophers: (1) Plato asks in The Republic ‘Will a man be better off for doing his duty?’; (2) Plato then asks ‘Ought man to do his duty?’; (3) we may also ask ‘What is the criterion of a duty?’; and (4) we may ask ‘What is moral obligation?’ Rejecting the last question as unreal, Prichard then argues against the connection between duty and happiness or duty and personal or general advantage. After critiquing both teleological and quasi‐teleological theories of obligation, he ends by contrasting goodness and obligation.

Keywords: duty; goodness; happiness; obligation; Plato; quasi‐teleological; teleological; The Republic

Chapter.  36842 words. 

Subjects: Moral Philosophy

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