David Bourget (Western Ontario)
David Chalmers (ANU, NYU)
Rafael De Clercq
Jack Alan Reynolds
Learn more about PhilPapers
Philosophical Studies 157 (2):163-175 (2012)
How should we assess the burden of moral demands? A predominant assessment is provided by what Murphy calls the baseline of factual status-quo (FSQ): A moral theory is demanding if the level of agents’ well-being is reduced from the time they begin to comply perfectly with the theory. The aims of my paper are threefold. I will first discuss the limits of the FSQ baseline. Second, I suggest a different assessment, which examines moral demands from a whole-life perspective. My view is that even if agents’ compliance with a moral theory will not cause a substantial reduction to their existing level of well-being, the total quality of life that they may obtain from complying with this theory may still be lower than what they could have obtained by following some other moral theories. The third aim of this paper is that, through this investigation, I hope to explicate the relation between agents’ acceptance of a moral theory and the burden of demands that is created by it. I believe that we can achieve a more comprehensive understanding of the nature of moral demands by paying attention to the psychological development of agents as they accept and internalize a moral theory
|Keywords||The problem of demandingness Factual status-quo baseline Internalization Consequentialism Famine relief|
|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
Julia Annas (ed.) (2001). Voices of Ancient Philosophy: An Introductory Reader. Oxford University Press.
Phillip Bricker (1980). Prudence. Journal of Philosophy 77 (7):381-401.
Krister Bykvist (2006). Prudence for Changing Selves. Utilitas 18 (3):264-283.
G. A. Cohen (2000). If You're an Egalitarian, How Come You're so Rich. Journal of Ethics 4 (1-2):1-26.
Citations of this work BETA
No citations found.
Similar books and articles
Liam B. Murphy (2000). Moral Demands in Nonideal Theory. Oxford University Press.
Liam B. Murphy (1993). The Demands of Beneficence. Philosophy and Public Affairs 22 (4):267-292.
Jurgen de Wispelaere (2004). Altruism, Impartiality, and Moral Demands. In Jonathan Seglow (ed.), The Ethics of Altruism. F. Cass Publishers. 9-33.
Rüdiger Bittner (1989). What Reason Demands. Cambridge University Press.
Sarah Stroud (2001). Moral Commitment and Moral Theory. Journal of Philosophical Research 26:381-398.
Matthew Talbert (2012). Moral Competence, Moral Blame, and Protest. Journal of Ethics 16 (1):89-109.
Soran Reader & Gillian Brock (2004). Needs, Moral Demands and Moral Theory. Utilitas 16 (3):251-266.
Graham Haydon (1995). Thick or Thin? The Cognitive Content of Moral Education in a Plural Democracy. Journal of Moral Education 24 (1):53-64.
Lorraine Besser-Jones (2008). Personal Integrity, Moraity, and Psychological Well-Being. Journal of Moral Philosophy 5 (3):361-383.
Richard T. George (1986). GM and Corporate Responsibility. Journal of Business Ethics 5 (3):177 - 179.
Vasiliki Karavakou (2006). The Educational Demands of a Philosophical Theory of Moral Conscience in a Modern Democracy. The Proceedings of the Twenty-First World Congress of Philosophy 4:65-71.
Judith Lichtenberg (2010). Oughts and Cans. Philosophical Topics 38 (1):123-142.
Emer O.’Hagan (2009). Moral Self-Knowledge in Kantian Ethics. Ethical Theory and Moral Practice 12 (5):525 - 537.
Robert B. Louden (1992). Morality and Moral Theory: A Reappraisal and Reaffirmation. Oxford University Press.
Added to index2010-11-18
Total downloads41 ( #40,391 of 1,098,623 )
Recent downloads (6 months)8 ( #26,702 of 1,098,623 )
How can I increase my downloads?