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The Challenges of Beneficence: Revising the Terms

Barbara Herman, University of California, Los Angeles

October 24, 2019 · 4:30 pm-6:00 pm · 101 Friend Center

The University Center for Human Values

James A. Moffett ’29 Lectures in Ethics

Familiar accounts of beneficence take as its target human need.  If, as is the case in our world, need is very large, the duty threatens to be demanding, interfering with our lives and our relationships.  Working from some Kantian insights and arguments, I lay out an alternative view of the duty, focused on a person’s ends rather than her needs, that points towards three distinct duties to provide assistance, not one.  The upshot may (or may not) be demanding, but not in a way that is objectionably interfering.

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