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Communities of Respect: Grounding Responsibility, Authority, and Dignity

Bennett W. Helm


Communities of respect are communities of people sharing common practices or a (partial) way of life; they include families, clubs, religious groups, and political parties. This book develops a detailed account of such communities in terms of the rational structure of their members’ reactive attitudes, arguing that they are fundamental in three interrelated ways to understanding what it is to be a person. First, it is only by being a member of a community of respect that one can be a responsible agent having dignity; such an agent therefore has certain rights as well as the authority to demand ... More

Keywords: community, respect, concept of a person, responsibility, authority, dignity, identity, reactive attitudes, emotions, values

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2017 Print ISBN-13: 9780198801863
Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: August 2017 DOI:10.1093/oso/9780198801863.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Bennett W. Helm, author
Kresge Professor of Philosophy, Franklin & Marshall College, Pennsylvania