Life's Ethical Symphony

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  • Susan Mendus


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JournalJournal of philosophy of education
DatePublished - May 2008
Issue number2
Number of pages18
Pages (from-to)201-218
Original languageEnglish


Most modern moral theories are impartialist in character. They perceive the demands of morality as standing in opposition to partial concerns and acting as constraints upon them. In this paper I argue that our partial concerns in general, and our love and concern for others in particular, are not ultimately at odds with the demands of morality, impartially understood, but are the necessary preconditions of our being motivated by impartial morality. If we are to care about morality, we must first care about people and things other than morality. If we are to be educated morally, we must first be educated in the emotions.

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