Reason and Commitment Class 1

E human freedom it is nevertheless constraining our

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Unformatted text preview: ment or involvement that restricts freedom of action [ME, f. L COM (mittere miss ­send) join, entrust] Supplement to the OED definition " The notion of commitment evokes possible actions, i.e. human freedom " It is nevertheless constraining: our legal and ethical commitments limit our (justifiable) actions and structure our possibilities, sometimes without our explicit consent " Commitment is thus closely bound up with (but not identical to) the institutional, rule ­bound structure of society, ensuring the stability and predictability of social relations – hence its ubiquity " It is inseparable from ethical responsi...
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