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Obligations: Preliminary Points

Margaret Gilbert

in A Theory of Political Obligation

Published in print May 2006 | ISBN: 9780199274956
Published online September 2006 | e-ISBN: 9780191603976 | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1093/0199274959.003.0002
 Obligations: Preliminary Points

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People speak of ‘obligations’ in a variety of contexts. This chapter offers a partial characterization of the broad class of obligations with which this book is concerned. This class is important from the perspective of practical reasoning, since reason requires one to fulfill such an obligation all else being equal: they provide one with sufficient reason to act in a certain way. Further, they are independent of one’s inclinations or self-interest. This class includes directed obligations, which are a matter of one person’s owing an action to another, but does not include imputed obligations.

Keywords: directed obligation; imputed obligation; inclination; owing; practical reasoning; reason; self-interest; sufficient reason

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Subjects: Social and Political Philosophy

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