Special Obligations

[Revised entry by Diane Jeske on January 5, 2014. Changes to: Main text, Bibliography]
[Revised entry by Diane Jeske on January 5, 2014. Changes to: Main text, Bibliography] Special obligations are obligations owed to some subset of persons, in contrast to natural duties that are owed to all persons simply qua persons. Common sense morality seems to understand us as having special obligations to those to whom we stand in some sort of special relationship, e.g., our friends, our family members, our colleagues, our fellow citizens, and those to whom we have made...

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