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Moral Failure: On the Impossible Demands of Morality

Lisa Tessman


Moral Failure: On the Impossible Demands of Morality asks what happens when the sense that “I must” collides with the realization that “I can’t.” Bringing together philosophical and empirical work in moral psychology, it examines moral requirements that are non-negotiable and that contravene the principle that “ought implies can.” In some cases, it is because two non-negotiable requirements conflict in a dilemma that one of them becomes impossible to satisfy yet that remains binding. In other cases, performing a particular action may be non-negotiably required—even if it is impossible—because ... More

Keywords: Book, moral dilemma, moral failure, moral experience, moral psychology, ought implies can, moral requirement, nonideal theory, moral demandingness, care ethics, feminist ethics

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Print publication date: 2014 Print ISBN-13: 9780199396146
Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: November 2014 DOI:10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199396146.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Lisa Tessman, author
Department of Philosophy, SUNY Binghamton

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