Journal of Ethics & Social Philosophy

Articles from Vol. 8, No. 2, September

Flourishing and Finitude
NO ONE WOULD SAVE FOR RETIREMENT or slave away at clearing a field for herself if she knew for certain that she would not live to enjoy the fruits of her labor. The point of many of our projects hangs on the assumption of our continued existence. Extending...
"Freedom and Resentment" and Consequentialism: Why 'Strawson's Point' Is Not Strawson's Point
EARLY in THE SECOND-PERSON STANDPOINT, Stephen Darwall articulates a thesis that he takes P. F. Strawson to advance in "Freedom and Resentment." He maintains that Strawson asserts, and is right to assert, that good consequences are the wrong kind of...
Money Pumps, Diachronic and Synchronic
WHY HAVE ACYCLIC PREFERENCES? A common reply invokes the threat of being turned into a money pump. If one prefers a over b, b over c, but c over a, one may be manipulated into paying for a series of trades, only to be left with one's initial object...
The Abductive Case for Humeanism over Quasi-Perceptual Theories of Desire
THE THESIS THAT WHATEVER WE PURSUE we pursue sub specie boni seems incompatible with the obvious facts that desires persist after we have judged their objects worthless, and that akrasia is real. But in recent decades philosophers attracted to the...
The State's Duty to Ensure Children Are Loved
IN A recent and unprecedented decision, the Brazilian Supreme Tribunal of Justice condemned a father to pay R$200,000 (the equivalent of $87,000 U.S.) to his adult daughter for the moral damages that followed from his lack of affection toward her in...
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