David Bourget (Western Ontario)
David Chalmers (ANU, NYU)
Rafael De Clercq
Jack Alan Reynolds
Learn more about PhilPapers
Journal of Value Inquiry 42 (1):1-21 (2008)
Frances Kamm argues that physical distance is per se relevant to our duty to give aid to strangers.
Her methods, however, fail to bring into light the relevance per se of distance. To understand the claim that
distance is per se morally relevant, it is helpful to use distinctions devised by Jonathan Dancy among
different roles a feature may play in the explanation of moral reasons, yielding thus different senses of
relevance. A feature can directly count in favor of an action, enable another feature to count in favor of an
action, or strengthen the favoring already done by another feature. For the relevance of nearness that is at
issue in Kamm's thesis, if nearness is relevant at all to our duty to aid strangers, it cannot be relevant in the
way Kamm takes it to be. It cannot directly count in favor of aiding or be a special reason to aid, someone
that non-near agents lack. Nor can physical distance be seen as a consideration that strengthens our
independently existing pro tanto duty to aid strangers, whenever we are near them.
|Keywords||Frances Kamm Distance Particularism Peter Singer Favourer|
|Categories||categorize this paper)|
Setup an account with your affiliations in order to access resources via your University's proxy server
Configure custom proxy (use this if your affiliation does not provide a proxy)
|Through your library|
References found in this work BETA
No references found.
Citations of this work BETA
No citations found.
Similar books and articles
Frances Kamm (1998). Review: Replies. [REVIEW] Philosophy and Phenomenological Research 58 (4):969 - 974.
Frances Myrna Kamm (1985). Supererogation and Obligation. Journal of Philosophy 82 (3):118-138.
Edmund Wall (2012). The Real Direction of Dancy's Moral Particularism. Journal of Moral Philosophy 8 (4):587-612.
G. Mellema (2003). Responsibility, Taint, and Ethical Distance in Business Ethics. Journal of Business Ethics 47 (2):125 - 132.
F. M. Kamm (2005). Aggregation and Two Moral Methods. Utilitas 17 (1):1-23.
Frances Myrna Kamm (1986). Harming, Not Aiding, and Positive Rights. Philosophy and Public Affairs 15 (1):3-32.
Rowan Cruft (2010). Kamm and Miller on Rights' Compatibility. Ethical Theory and Moral Practice 13 (4):393 - 401.
Michael Otsuka (1997). Kamm on the Morality of Killing:Morality, Mortality, Vol. 2, Rights, Duties, and Status. Frances M. Kamm. Ethics 108 (1):197-.
F. M. Kamm (2000). Does Distance Matter Morally to the Duty to Rescue. Law and Philosophy 19 (6):655 - 681.
V. Igneski (2001). Distance, Determinacy and the Duty to Aid: A Reply to Kamm. [REVIEW] Law and Philosophy 20 (6):605-616.
Added to index2009-01-28
Total downloads50 ( #34,791 of 1,099,997 )
Recent downloads (6 months)6 ( #51,435 of 1,099,997 )
How can I increase my downloads?