Making Room for Love: A Modest Defense of Impartial Morality Public Deposited

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  • March 19, 2019
  • Singh, Keshav
    • Affiliation: College of Arts and Sciences, Department of Philosophy
  • There is a prima facie tension between impartial morality, on one hand, and the kind of partiality necessary for love, on the other. In this paper, I explore this tension in light of critiques of impartial morality by Michael Stocker and Bernard Williams, and argue that their remarks show it to be a deep and difficult tension. I go on to examine two kinds of attempts to resolve this tension, and argue that they fail to reconcile impartial morality with the kind of partiality necessary for love. I then offer my own solution to the problem, according to which impartial morality can be reconciled with the right kind of partiality as long as we grant that morality is not always overriding. When we grant this, I argue, we make room for love, because we are not forced to have standing unconditional commitments to acting in accordance with impartial moral principles.
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  • Sayre-McCord, Geoffrey
  • Wolf, Susan
  • Shafer-Landau, Russ
  • Master of Arts
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  • University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill Graduate School
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  • 2016

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