What We Owe to Each Other

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ISBN-13: 9780674004238
ISBN-10: 067400423X
Edition: Revised
Author: T. M. Scanlon
Publication date: 2000
Publisher: Belknap Press: An Imprint of Harvard University Press
Format: Paperback 432 pages
Category: General
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ISBN-13: 9780674004238
ISBN-10: 067400423X
Edition: Revised
Author: T. M. Scanlon
Publication date: 2000
Publisher: Belknap Press: An Imprint of Harvard University Press
Format: Paperback 432 pages
Category: General

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Acknowledged author T. M. Scanlon wrote What We Owe to Each Other comprising 432 pages back in 2000. Textbook and eTextbook are published under ISBN 067400423X and 9780674004238. Since then What We Owe to Each Other textbook received total rating of 3.5 stars and was available to sell back to BooksRun online for the top buyback price of $ 15.40 or rent at the marketplace.

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How do we judge whether an action is morally right or wrong? If an action is wrong, what reason does that give us not to do it? Why should we give such reasons priority over our other concerns and values? In this book, T. M. Scanlon offers new answers to these questions, as they apply to the central part of morality that concerns what we owe to each other. According to his contractualist view, thinking about right and wrong is thinking about what we do in terms that could be justified to others and that they could not reasonably reject. He shows how the special authority of conclusions about right and wrong arises from the value of being related to others in this way, and he shows how familiar moral ideas such as fairness and responsibility can be understood through their role in this process of mutual justification and criticism.

Scanlon bases his contractualism on a broader account of reasons, value, and individual well-being that challenges standard views about these crucial notions. He argues that desires do not provide us with reasons, that states of affairs are not the primary bearers of value, and that well-being is not as important for rational decision-making as it is commonly held to be. Scanlon is a pluralist about both moral and non-moral values. He argues that, taking this plurality of values into account, contractualism allows for most of the variability in moral requirements that relativists have claimed, while still accounting for the full force of our judgments of right and wrong.

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