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Which Relationships Justify Partiality? General Considerations and Problem Cases*

Niko Kolodny

in Partiality and Impartiality

Published in print October 2010 | ISBN: 9780199579952
Published online January 2011 | e-ISBN: 9780191595233 | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199579952.003.0009
Which Relationships Justify Partiality? General Considerations and Problem Cases*

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Although we have countless interpersonal relationships, we have reason for partiality only in some. Why is this? Why is there reason for friendship and love of family, but not for racism or omertà? This chapter tries to make some progress toward a principled answer by appealing to a neglected phenomenon: resonance. It suggests how resonance might explain why some relationships support partiality while other relationships do not, paying special attention to the case of racism. It concludes with some reflections on the implications of this account for other relationships, such as co-citizenship; for the defence of partiality in general; and for the difficult relations between partiality and other norms, most notably those of impartial morality.

Keywords: partiality; relationships; friendship; love; racism

Chapter.  11601 words. 

Subjects: Moral Philosophy

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