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The Limits of Kindness
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The Limits of Kindness

Caspar Hare

Abstract

This book is about normative ethics — about what we ought to do and why we ought to do it. The traditional way to approach this subject is to begin by supposing a foundational principle, and then work out its implications. So, for example, consequentialists say that we ought to make the world impersonally better. Kantian deontologists say that we ought to act on universalizable maxims. Contractualists say that we ought to act in accordance with the terms of certain hypothetical contracts. These principles are all grand and controversial. The motivating idea behind this book is that we can tack ... More

Keywords: ethics, rationality, identity, consequentialists, Kantian deontologists

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2013 Print ISBN-13: 9780199691999
Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: September 2013 DOI:10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199691999.001.0001

Authors

Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Caspar Hare, author
Massachusetts Institute of Technology

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