Joint Commitment and Obligation

Margaret Gilbert

in A Theory of Political Obligation

Published in print May 2006 | ISBN: 9780199274956
Published online September 2006 | e-ISBN: 9780191603976 | DOI:
 Joint Commitment and Obligation

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Joint commitments are compared and contrasted with personal decisions and intentions: all are in some sense commitments of the will. They provide one with sufficient reason for action, independently of one’s inclinations and self-interest. Aspects of joint commitment discussed include their formation, basic and non-basic cases, and ways of being freed from them. An argument is presented for the obligating nature of joint commitments. The directed obligation argued for is not context-sensitive and is therefore, in a sense, ‘absolute’.

Keywords: absolute obligation; commitment; context-sensitive; decision; directed obligation; intention; joint commitment; obligation; reason for action; will

Chapter.  19840 words. 

Subjects: Social and Political Philosophy

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