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The Geometry of Desert

Shelly Kagan


People differ in terms of how morally deserving they are. And it is a good thing if people get what they deserve. Accordingly, it is important to work out an adequate theory of moral desert. But while certain aspects of such a theory have been frequently discussed in the philosophical literature, many others have been surprisingly neglected. For example, if it is indeed true that it is morally good for people to get what they deserve, does it always do the same amount of good when someone gets what they deserve? Or does it matter how deserving the person is? If we cannot give someone exactly w ... More

Keywords: morally deserving, moral desert, morally good, virtuous, theory

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Print publication date: 2012 Print ISBN-13: 9780199895595
Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: January 2013 DOI:10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199895595.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Shelly Kagan, author
Yale University

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