Reason and Commitment Class 1

E are pace hume disinterested commitment to anothers

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Unformatted text preview: s: Hume v. the Calvinists Promise ­keeping a purely artificial virtue, a social practice: ! if promises had existed before social conventions, they would have been unintelligible ! Even if they’d been intelligible, nothing (neither a constraint nor an interest) would have obliged us to keep them ! !Interest is the first obligation to the performance of promises Scanlon’s point " I have ethical commitments to others that are prior to the social practice of promising (i.e. are – pace Hume – disinterested) " Commitment to another’s good – and the ability deliberately to violate or ignore this commitment – is part of what makes us distinctively huma...
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This document was uploaded on 02/14/2014 for the course ASPO 1370A at Sciences Po.

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