The Logic of Commitment - Routledge Focus on Philosophy (Hardback)Gary Chartier (author)
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This book develops and defends a conception of commitment and explores its limits. Gary Chartier shows how commitment serves to resolve conflicts between ordinary moral intuitions and the reality that the basic aspects of human well-being are incommensurable. He outlines a variety of overlapping and mutually reinforcing rationales for making commitments, explores the relationship between commitment and vocation and the relevance of commitment to love, and notes some reasons why it might make sense to disregard one's commitments. The Logic of Commitment will appeal to ethicists interested in the connection between commitment and personal well-being, and to anyone who wonders why and when it might make sense to make or keep commitments.
Publisher: Taylor & Francis Ltd
Number of pages: 104
Weight: 3175 g
Dimensions: 216 x 140 mm
"A brief but compelling study of the logic and morality of personal commitments, and their importance for a life well-lived. Gary Chartier's clear prose and wide reading make this an important contribution to ethical and meta-ethical theory." -Stephen R. L. Clark, University of Liverpool
"'Commitments matter,' writes Gary Chartier in his new book: `they provide needed structure and direction for our lives ... and the grounding we need to craft stable identities and secure our projects.' In this careful, scholarly, and revealing study Chartier develops a conception of commitments that shows their deep analogy with promises, and makes important headway on some of the puzzles and problems that the notion of a commitment raises for our theory of motivation and practical reason. This book can be recommended to anyone who wants to see how a distinctively non-consequentialist philosophical ethics can be put together on the basis of a deep pluralism about the human goods." -Sophie-Grace Chappell, Open University
"In this engaging and original discussion of commitment, Gary Chartier distinguishes commitments from promises, and shows the role commitments play in love, in creating and sustaining an integrated self, in character development, and in well-being. A commitment is a firm resolve to do or be something that binds the agent's future actions and attitudes; it may involve others, but it is an obligation to oneself, not to others. For example, one can make a commitment to keep a promise to someone. This generates self-regarding reasons, in addition to the obvious other-regarding ones, for keeping the promise. This concern for the self one creates and preserves through one's commitments is very much in the spirit of a natural law or eudaimonistic ethics, and showing the value of making commitments serves to provide further support for this ethics." -Neera Badhwar, University of Oklahoma
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