Chapter

<i>The Rejection of the Extreme Demand</i>

Garrett Cullity

in The Moral Demands of Affluence

Published in print September 2004 | ISBN: 9780199258116
Published online April 2005 | e-ISBN: 9780191602221 | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1093/0199258112.003.0009
 The Rejection of the Extreme Demand

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Important personal goods – goods such as friendships and commitments to personal projects – are constituted by personal partiality. Such goods clearly ground requirements of beneficence – they supply the interests for the sake of which we should help other people. However, accepting this is not consistent with the Extreme Demand, which requires us to lead altruistically focused lives. So the Extreme Demand should be rejected.

Keywords: altruism; beneficence; commitments; demands of morality; friendship; partiality; personal goods; projects

Chapter.  9540 words. 

Subjects: Moral Philosophy

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