Obligations to Merely Statistical People
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In some cases the morality of action is an inter‐personal affair. I am obliged to do something and there is a person to whom I am obliged to do it. I do wrong and there is a person I wrong. Some routine examples: I do wrong, and wrong you, by doing something bad for you, by feeding you contaminated meat. I do wrong, and wrong you, by failing to do something good for you, by ignoring your S.O.S. I do wrong, and wrong you, by violating your rights, by stealing your stuff. I do wrong, and wrong you, by disrespecting you, by brazenly discounting your opinions.
DepartmentMassachusetts Institute of Technology. Department of Linguistics and Philosophy
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Hare, Caspar. "Obligations to Merely Statistical People." The Journal of Philosophy 109.5/6 (2012): 378-390.
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