Partiality, Asymmetries, and Morality’s Harmonious Propensity

Philosophy and Phenomenological Research:1-42 (forthcoming)
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We argue for asymmetries between positive and negative partiality. Specifically, we defend four claims: i) there are forms of negative partiality that do not have positive counterparts; ii) the directionality of personal relationships has distinct effects on positive and negative partiality; iii) the extent of the interactions within a relationship affects positive and negative partiality differently; and iv) positive and negative partiality have different scope restrictions. We argue that these asymmetries point to a more fundamental moral principle, which we call Morality’s Harmonious Propensity. According to this principle, morality has a propensity toward preserving positive relationships and dissolving negative ones.

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Joshua Brandt
University of Toronto at Scarborough
Benjamin Lange
Ludwig Maximilians Universität, München

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