- Title Pages
- Note to the Original Edition of Moral Obligation
- Introduction to the Paperback Edition of Moral Obligation and Duty and Interest
- Editor's Introduction (2002)
- List of Prichard's Writings
- Note on the Contents
- 1. What Is the Basis of Moral Obligation?
- 2. Does Moral Philosophy Rest on a Mistake?
- 3. Duty and Interest
- 4. Kant's Fundamental Principles of the Metaphysic of Morals <sup>*</sup>
- 5. A Conflict of Duties
- 6. Duty and Ignorance of Fact
- 7. The Meaning of ἀγαθόν In the Ethics of Aristotle
- 8. Manuscript on Morals
- 9. Moral Obligation
- 10. Green: Political Obligation
- 11. The Object of a Desire
- 12. The Obligation to Keep a Promise
- 13. Exchanging
- 14. The Time of an Obligation
- 15. The Psychology of Willing
- 16. Acting, Willing, Desiring
- 17. ‘Ought’
- (p.266) 13. Exchanging
- Moral Writings
H. A. Prichard
- Oxford University Press
The act of exchanging one thing for another seems to involve a promise. The confidence needed to relinquish something one has on the understanding that one will receive what another has in exchange can be expressed in terms of resolve. In binding oneself, one thinks that if the other binds himself or herself to perform a given action (if he or she finds a certain condition fulfilled), then he or she will do that action (if he or she finds the condition fulfilled). In cases in which one person's action does not precede the other's, one's promise involves thinking that if the other binds himself or herself, then he or she will carry out the promised action.
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