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Boundaries and allegiances : problems of justice and responsibility in liberal thought
Scheffler, Samuel, 1951-
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Oxford [England] ; New York : Oxford University Press, 2002.
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221 p. ; 24 cm.
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Originally published: Oxford ; New York : Oxford University Press, 2008.


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Book 0316100 JC574 .S34 2008 Central Campus Library

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This book, a collection of eleven essays by one of the most interesting moral philosophers currently writing, is written from a perspective that is at once sympathetic towards and critical of liberal political philosophy. The essays explore the capacity of liberal thought, and of the moraltraditions on which it draws, to accommodate a variety of challenges posed by the changing circumstances of the modern world. The essays consider how, in an era of rapid globalization, when people's lives are structured by social arrangements and institutions of ever increasing size, complexity, andscope, we can best conceive of the responsibilities of individual agents and the normative significance of people's diverse commitments and allegiances. The volume is linked by common themes including the responsibilities persons have in virtue of belonging to a community, the compatibility of suchobligations with equality, the demands of distributive justice in general, and liberalism's relationship to liberty, community, and equality.

Table of Contents

Boundaries And Allegiancesp. i
Boundaries and Allegiancesp. iii
Introductionp. 1
1 Responsibility, Reactive Attitudes, and Liberalism in Philosophy and Politics*p. 12
2 Individual Responsibility in a Global Age*p. 32
3 Families, Nations, and Strangers*p. 48
4 Liberalism, Nationalism, and Egalitarianism*p. 66
5 The Conflict Between Justice and Responsibility*p. 82
6 Relationships and Responsibilities *p. 97
7 Conceptions of Cosmopolitanism*p. 111
8 The Appeal of Political Liberalism *p. 131
9 Rawls and Utilitarianism*p. 149
10 Justice and Desert in Liberal Theory *p. 173
11 Morality Through Thick and Thin: A Critical Notice of Ethics and the Limits of Philosophy*p. 197
Indexp. 217
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