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The Moral Demands of Affluence$
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Garrett Cullity

Print publication date: 2004

Print ISBN-13: 9780199258116

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: April 2005

DOI: 10.1093/0199258112.001.0001

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The Rejection of the Extreme Demand

The Rejection of the Extreme Demand

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(p.128) 8The Rejection of the Extreme Demand
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The Moral Demands of Affluence
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Garrett Cullity (Contributor Webpage)

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DOI:10.1093/0199258112.003.0009

Important personal goods – goods such as friendships and commitments to personal projects – are constituted by personal partiality. Such goods clearly ground requirements of beneficence – they supply the interests for the sake of which we should help other people. However, accepting this is not consistent with the Extreme Demand, which requires us to lead altruistically focused lives. So the Extreme Demand should be rejected.

Keywords:   altruism, beneficence, commitments, demands of morality, friendship, partiality, personal goods, projects

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