Necessary Goods: Our Responsibility to Meet Others' Needs

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Gillian Brock
Rowman & Littlefield, Jan 1, 1998 - Philosophy - 239 pages
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Do any needs make claims on anyone? If so, which needs and whose needs can defensibly do this? What are the grounds for our responsibilities to meet others' needs, when we have such responsibilities? The distinguished contributors to this volume consider these questions as they evaluate the moral force of needs. They examine questions of obligation and moral interest from a variety of different theoretical perspectives, using contractarian, Kantian, Aristotelian, rights-based, egalitarian, liberal, and libertarian approaches. Much contemporary discourse about moral and political matters employs the language of needs; Necessary Goods is an important book for philosophers and political theorists tackling the ever-present problem of our responsibilities towards others.

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Contents

Necessity and Desire
19
What Is the Force of the Claim That One Needs Something?
33
The Concept of Needs with a Heartwarming Offer of
57
Copyright

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About the author (1998)

Gillian Brock is a senior lecturer in philosophy at the University of Auckland in New Zealand. Her articles have appeared in many journals, including Ethics, Analysis, Public Affairs Quarterly, Philosophia, Dialogue: Canadian Philosophical Review, The Journal of Business Ethics, and Business Ethics Quarterly.

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