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Shaping the Normative Landscape

David Owens


This book affirms the value of obligations and of rights, of forgiveness, of consent and refusal, of promise and request. These are all instruments by which we exercise control over our normative environment. Philosophers from Hume to Scanlon have supposed that when we make promises, give our consent, etc. our real interest is in controlling (or being able to anticipate) what people will actually do and that our interest in rights and obligations is a by-product of this more fundamental interest. In fact, we value for its own sake the ability to decide who is obliged to do what, to determine w ... More

Keywords: promise, consent, forgiveness, friendship, request, blame, wrong, obligation, rights, David Hume

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Print publication date: 2012 Print ISBN-13: 9780199691500
Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: January 2013 DOI:10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199691500.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

David Owens, author
University of Reading

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