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Partiality and Impartiality: Morality, Special Relationships, and the Wider World

Brian Feltham and John Cottingham


What is owed to others that I may not keep for myself? What may I keep for myself, even when others are in need? These transparently moral questions may immediately invite knee-jerk moralistic answers; or else be selfishly dismissed. And if we feel a tension between the duty to help others and what we want for ourselves, we might see it as a straightforward division between morally virtuous altruism and simple self-interest. Yet does morality really require us always to put those less fortunate before ourselves, our loved ones, even our own children, in every way? And does self-interest really ... More

Keywords: altruism, demandingness, morality, partiality, political theory, practical reason, impartiality, reasons, self-interest, value

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2010 Print ISBN-13: 9780199579952
Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: January 2011 DOI:10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199579952.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Brian Feltham, editor
University of Reading

John Cottingham, editor
University of Reading