WD Ross - 5. Duties of self improvement (not only of moral...

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A Pluralist ("Best Lights") View of Ethical Reasoning W. D. Ross's list of prima facie duties, deriving from: 1. Duties of fidelity, e.g., promise keeping, and duties of reparation (deriving from previous acts of my own) 2. Duties of gratitude (deriving from previous acts of others) 3. Duties of justice (deriving from possibilities of distribution of pleasure or happiness) 4. Teleological duties: maximize the good (Ross calls these "duties of beneficence")
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Unformatted text preview: 5. Duties of self improvement (not only of moral self improvement, but in development as a musician, carpenter, etc.) 6. Duties to respect the rights of others and to refrain from injuring them (Ross says contra J. S. Mill this is needed in addition to #4). The individual resolves conflicts of "moral pull" by weighing duties and acting by her/his "best lights." W. D. Ross Monday, September 17, 2007 11:30 AM PHL302 Page 1...
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