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In the Interests of Others : An Essay in Moral Philosophy - Phillip Montague

In the Interests of Others

An Essay in Moral Philosophy

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Published: 31st August 1992
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Are we morally required to act in the interests of others? Does our worth as persons depend in any way on our valuing the good of others? These questions, illustrative of those addressed in this book, concern the relevance of other-interested considerations -- of facts about what is good or bad for others -- to the moral status of persons and their actions. Pursuing answers to such questions is not only interesting and important in its own right, but also yields valuable insights in to the nature of morality.
A distinguishing feature of the book is its unusually comprehensive treatment of the moral significance of other-interested considerations per se, of how these considerations are interrelated, and of where they should be located in more general moral theory. It will be of greatest interest to individuals with fairly well-developed philosophical interests and abilities -- to teachers and advanced students of moral philosophy in particular.

Introduction
Beneficence and Moral Requirements
Varieties of Moral Appraisalp. 1
Philosophical Dimensions of Other-Interestp. 4
Is Beneficence Morally Required?p. 8
Perfect Obligations, Imperfect Obligations, and Individual Moral Discretionp. 14
Imperfect Obligations and Disjunctive Actsp. 18
Imperfect Obligations: Some Alternative Viewsp. 22
Summaryp. 25
Beneficence and Supererogation
The Concept of Supererogationp. 31
Supererogation and Praiseworthinessp. 34
Beneficence, Supererogation, and the Limits of Moralityp. 38
Summaryp. 44
Anti-Maleficence
From Easy Rescue to Limitless Requirementsp. 47
Moral Presumptions and Their Defeatersp. 54
The Nature of Moral Rights: A Traditional Viewp. 60
Morally Significant Libertiesp. 67
Summaryp. 72
Welfare Rights
The Concept of a Welfare Rightp. 79
The Existence of Welfare Rights: A Sampling of Viewsp. 82
Welfare Rights and Individual Sovereigntyp. 88
Some Possible Misconceptionsp. 93
Further Reflections on the Morality of Anti-Maleficencep. 97
Summaryp. 100
Virtue, Personal Worth, and the Interests of Others
Personal Worth and Moral Theoryp. 105
The Aretaic and Deontic Thesesp. 108
Appraising Persons and Appraising Traitsp. 116
Other-Interested Virtuesp. 123
Summary and Concluding Remarksp. 128
Bibliographyp. 137
Indexp. 141
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ISBN: 9780792318569
ISBN-10: 0792318560
Series: PHILOSOPHICAL STUDIES
Audience: Professional
Format: Hardcover
Language: English
Number Of Pages: 146
Published: 31st August 1992
Publisher: Springer
Country of Publication: NL
Dimensions (cm): 22.9 x 15.2  x 1.1
Weight (kg): 0.91