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What We Owe to Each Other

T. M. Scanlon

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Moral philosopher and Harvard professor T.M. Scanlon explains how we make moral judgments and why we're so motivated by them.

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What We Owe to Each Other

What We Owe to Each Other

by T. M. Scanlon

Overview

Philosophers have long searched for a theory of morality, whether rooted in divine will, natural law, or abstract principles. But how do we actually make moral decisions in our lives?

T.M. Scanlon is a moral philosopher and Harvard professor known for his theory of contractualism. Rather than trying to explain morality as a whole, Scanlon examines how we make moral choices within a social context.

In this book, the author argues that our ability to justify our actions is at the core of what we consider moral behavior. What We Owe Each Other provides a novel standard for judging right and wrong, while still recognizing that moral judgments differ depending on circumstance.

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It holds that thinking about right and wrong is ... thinking about what could be justified to others on grounds that they, if appropriately motivated, could not reasonably reject.

- T.M. Scanlon

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