When does ‘Can’ imply ‘Ought’?

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Collins, Stephanie. (2018) When does ‘Can’ imply ‘Ought’? International Journal of Philosophical Studies. 26(3), pp. 354 - 375. https://doi.org/10.1080/09672559.2018.1489643
AuthorsCollins, Stephanie
Abstract

The Assistance Principle is common currency to a wide range of moral theories. Roughly, this principle states: if you can fulfil important interests, at not too high a cost, then you have a moral duty to do so. I argue that, in determining whether the ‘not too high a cost’ clause of this principle is met, we must consider three distinct costs: ‘agent-relative costs’, ‘recipient-relative costs’ and ‘ideal-relative costs’.

KeywordsAssistance principle; rescue duties; sacrifice; demandingness
Year2018
JournalInternational Journal of Philosophical Studies
Journal citation26 (3), pp. 354 - 375
PublisherRoutledge
ISSN0967-2559
Digital Object Identifier (DOI)https://doi.org/10.1080/09672559.2018.1489643
Scopus EID2-s2.0-85053563053
Page range354 - 375
Research GroupDianoia Institute of Philosophy
Place of publicationUnited Kingdom
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