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Honor, History, and RelationshipEssays in Second-Personal Ethics II$
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Stephen Darwall

Print publication date: 2013

Print ISBN-13: 9780199662609

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: January 2014

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199662609.001.0001

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Responsibility within Relations

Responsibility within Relations

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Honor, History, and Relationship

Stephen Darwall

Oxford University Press

Philosophical discussion of love and friendship has highlighted ways in which particularistic care and concern can create problems for impartial, universal ethical theories. This chapter explores ways in which regard and respect for one another as equal persons is no less central to these particularistic relationships, and how this is best accounted for within a moral theory that is grounded within a second-person standpoint. More specifically, it is argued that central to loving and friendly relations is a form of mutual answerability that involves mutual respect. No emotion is more corrosive of relationships than contempt, since it implicitly excludes answerability to the other.

Keywords:   love, friendship, particularism, universal, relationship, accountability, respect, contempt, second-personal

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