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The Robust Demands of the Good: Ethics with Attachment, Virtue, and Respect

Philip Pettit


This book argues that we human beings can enjoy a good life only insofar as we act towards one another out of attachments like love and friendship, virtues like honesty and fidelity, and the respect that enables us each to enjoy autonomy in exercising our basic liberties. The goods we put in one another’s hands by acting out of such dispositions make robust demands. I do not enjoy an attachment like your friendship just because you actually give me favour; you must provide that treatment regardless of my charm or your convenience. And as this is true for friendship and favour, so it is true fo ... More

Keywords: attachment, virtue, respect, disposition, robustness, rightness, consequentialism

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2015 Print ISBN-13: 9780198732600
Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: August 2015 DOI:10.1093/acprof:oso/9780198732600.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Philip Pettit, author
Princeton University