Introduction: Partiality and Impartiality in Ethics*

Brian Feltham

in Partiality and Impartiality

Published in print October 2010 | ISBN: 9780199579952
Published online January 2011 | e-ISBN: 9780191595233 | DOI:
Introduction: Partiality and Impartiality in Ethics*

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This introductory chapter presents the notions of partiality and impartiality, as well as some of the key issues connected with them in ethical theory, such as the issue of the extent of the demands morality can place on us. It offers an historical overview of their importance in ethical theory by looking at the different ways they emerge from, and are embodied in, the theories of a range of key figures from Plato to Mill. Figures discussed include: Nagel, Scanlon, Plato, Aristotle, Aquinas, Hobbes, Smith, Hume, Kant, and Mill.

Keywords: ethics; demandingness; historical; impartiality; partiality

Chapter.  12669 words. 

Subjects: Moral Philosophy

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