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Simon Keller

Print publication date: 2013

Print ISBN-13: 9780691154732

Published to Princeton Scholarship Online: October 2017

DOI: 10.23943/princeton/9780691154732.001.0001

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Special Relationships and Special Reasons

Special Relationships and Special Reasons

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(p.1) Chapter 1 Special Relationships and Special Reasons
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Partiality
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Simon Keller

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Princeton University Press
DOI:10.23943/princeton/9780691154732.003.0001

This chapter discusses the concept of partiality. Partiality means giving special treatment to those with whom we share certain relationships. You treat a person differently if she is your friend or a member of your family. You may also treat a person differently if she is your colleague, your neighbor, your employee, or your compatriot. You may also favor your own country over other countries, your own team over other teams, or your alma mater over other schools. The chapter considers the norms of partiality and reasons of partiality, difference between reasons and motives, and the puzzle of partiality. It draws distinctions between three views of partiality: the projects view, relationships view, and individuals view. The remainder of the chapter says some more to clear the ground for an investigation into the prospects of the three views.

Keywords:   partiality, special treatment, projects view, relationships view, individuals view, special relationship

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