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Partiality and ImpartialityMorality, Special Relationships, and the Wider World$
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Brian Feltham and John Cottingham

Print publication date: 2010

Print ISBN-13: 9780199579952

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: January 2011

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199579952.001.0001

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The Bishop, the Valet, the Wife, and the Ass: What Difference Does it Make if Something is Mine?

The Bishop, the Valet, the Wife, and the Ass: What Difference Does it Make if Something is Mine?

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(p.84) 4 The Bishop, the Valet, the Wife, and the Ass: What Difference Does it Make if Something is Mine?
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Partiality and Impartiality
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Maximilian de Gaynesford (Contributor Webpage)

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Oxford University Press
DOI:10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199579952.003.0005

Debate about the relative weight to be given partial and impartial considerations in practical reasoning is stultified by a marked tendency to polarization in current views about the role played by the first person. This polarization depends on tacit assumptions that are strikingly contemporary, which render practical reasoning incomprehensible, and which the partialist and impartialist both can and should reject. Impartialists need not deny significance to the first person; they would be wrong to do so; even Godwin did not. Partialists need not regard the significance of the first person as dominating; they would be equally wrong to do so.

Keywords:   first person, partiality, impartiality, Godwin, Williams

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