- 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’
Duty and Interest
Duty and Interest
- (p.21) 3. Duty and Interest
- Moral Writings
H. A. Prichard
- Oxford University Press
To the many moral theorists who have sought to establish a necessary connection between duty and interest, Prichard replies that their project ought not to be undertaken as it commits us to the view that our only duty is to do what is to our advantage. In discussing the attempts of Plato, Butler, and Green to link duty and interest, Prichard, like Kant, maintains that the rightness of action does not depend either upon our own good or upon our belief that it depends upon our own good. Similarly, Prichard dismisses the view that our desire for our own good is our only motive.
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