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Promises and Agreements: Philosophical Essays

Hanoch Sheinman


Promises are routinely treated as a useful philosophical laboratory for testing moral, volitional, and social phenomena. Recently, they have also come to be treated as a philosophical topic in their own right. This book comprises fifteen chapters to the philosophical discussion of promises and agreements, and a context-providing introduction. Some of the chapters emphasize what's special or distinct about promises; others simply treat promises as a useful example of a general phenomenon they wish to illuminate. Most of the chapters focus on promises, but others discuss (or also discuss) contra ... More

Keywords: agreement, autonomy, contract, consequentialism, convention, deontology, Hume, joint action, obligation, practice, promise, Rawls, Scanlon, second-person standpoint, Sidgwick, speech-act, trust, value

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2011 Print ISBN-13: 9780195377958
Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: May 2011 DOI:10.1093/acprof:oso/9780195377958.001.0001


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Hanoch Sheinman, author
Rice University
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