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Attachments and Associated Reasons

29 Pages Posted: 7 Nov 2011 Last revised: 4 Dec 2013

Joseph Raz

University of Oxford - Faculty of Law; Columbia University - Law School; King's College London – The Dickson Poon School of Law

Date Written: November 7, 2011

Abstract

The paper will unfold in 5 parts dealing with five questions: first, does the partiality of attachments present an obstacle to their being or giving practical reasons? Second, given a value-based approach to practical reasons, can universal values generate reasons that are specific to their subjects, reasons – say – towards my friends that only I have? Third, do attachments affect what we do independently of any reasons that they provide? Fourth, in what ways do attachments constitute or provide normative reasons, and briefly, how do attachment-related reasons relate to other practical reasons? Finally, I turn to the question of the nature of and justification for partiality to oneself.

Keywords: Attachment, Partiality, relationships, obligations, friendship, Barbara Herman

Suggested Citation

Raz, Joseph, Attachments and Associated Reasons (November 7, 2011). Columbia Public Law Research Paper No. 11-287 ; Oxford Legal Studies Research Paper No. 59/2011 . Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=1956026 or http://dx.doi.org/10.2139/ssrn.1956026

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