• Entry
  • Reader's guide
  • Entries A-Z
  • Subject index

Moral Partiality

Impartiality seems like a very beneficial and progressive concept. Theories such as democracy, egalitarianism, and socialism presuppose that everyone is as entitled as the next person to receive opportunities. No one should have an unfair advantage over others with respect to any public right. Yet we live in a partial world, a world where it is easy to proclaim fairness but practice selective generosity instead.

And what about those nearest and dearest to us, our family and friends? Do we have the moral right to treat them as well as we choose? The assignment of moral rights and responsibilities is more complicated than it would appear at first glance.

Aristotle and Hume on Moral Partiality

Aristotle and David Hume provided philosophical perspectives concerning the partiality versus impartiality issue. ...

    • Loading...
    locked icon

    Sign in to access this content

    Get a 30 day FREE TRIAL

    • Watch videos from a variety of sources bringing classroom topics to life
    • Read modern, diverse business cases
    • Explore hundreds of books and reference titles