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J. R. Lucas

Print publication date: 1995

Print ISBN-13: 9780198235781

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: October 2011

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780198235781.001.0001

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Responsibility in Personal Relations

Responsibility in Personal Relations

(p.235) Chapter 11 Responsibility in Personal Relations


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The concept of responsibility has less application to the intimate world of personal relationships, in which first-personal rather than omni-personal reasoning is paramount, but irresponsibility can be deeply corrosive, particularly in matters of sexual morality and family obligation. This chapter discusses these together with issues of loyalty to the group, and reaches unfashionable conclusions, being much harder on permissiveness than advanced thinkers of the present age, and softer on homosexuality than would be approved by popular sentiment.

Keywords:   responsibility, personal relationships, sexual morality, family obligation

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