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The Ethics of GivingPhilosophers' Perspectives on Philanthropy$
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Paul Woodruff

Print publication date: 2018

Print ISBN-13: 9780190648879

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: May 2018

DOI: 10.1093/oso/9780190648879.001.0001

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Integrity, Identity, and Choosing a Charity

Integrity, Identity, and Choosing a Charity

(p.149) Chapter 5 Integrity, Identity, and Choosing a Charity
The Ethics of Giving

Brandon Boesch

Oxford University Press

This chapter argues that there are additional reasons, beyond mere utility, that should enter into the practical decision-making of an agent, including those reasons that constitute various moral commitments and identities. A concern for integrity requires that the reasons that constitute these identities be given due consideration in an agent’s practical decisions about charity choice. A failure to bring these commitments into play will result in both the agent’s actions being alienated from herself and the partial destruction of her commitments. The consideration of a few short vignettes shows that some of the relevant commitments in charity choice, including citizenship, moral identities, and relationships of piety or gratitude. These constitute examples of some good, nonarbitrary, nonutilitarian considerations that should be part of an agent’s decision-making.

Keywords:   integrity, identity, moral commitments, charity choice, practical reasoning, utilitarianism, Bernard Williams

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