When does ‘Can’ imply ‘Ought’?
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
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’.
|Keywords||Assistance principle; rescue duties; sacrifice; demandingness|
|Journal||International Journal of Philosophical Studies|
|Journal citation||26 (3), pp. 354 - 375|
|Digital Object Identifier (DOI)||https://doi.org/10.1080/09672559.2018.1489643|
|Page range||354 - 375|
|Research Group||Dianoia Institute of Philosophy|
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|Place of publication||United Kingdom|
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