Chapter

Duty

Ken Binmore

in Natural Justice

Published in print May 2005 | ISBN: 9780195178111
Published online January 2007 | e-ISBN: 9780199783670 | DOI: https://dx.doi.org/10.1093/acprof:oso/9780195178111.003.0006
 Duty

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Metaphysical moral theories can be loosely be divided into theories of the Good or Right. Naturalistic theories can be said to be theories of the seemly — what is appropriate in a particular place and time. This chapter explains how rights and duties can fit within a theory of the seemly. You have a right to do something if you do not have a duty not to do it. You have a duty to do something if you would otherwise diverge from equilibrium play in the social contract currently operated by your society.

Keywords: rights; duty; moral responsibility; free will

Chapter.  4290 words. 

Subjects: Microeconomics

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