The Logic of Commitment (Routledge Focus on Philosophy) 1st Edition, Kindle Edition

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ISBN-13: 978-1138301481
ISBN-10: 1138301485
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Editorial Reviews


"Gary Chartier's Logic of Commitment is the first book-length study of commitment to appear for twenty years. As such it is a welcome addition to the literature on this underexplored topic. And Chartier's angle is distinctive in a way that magnifies the value of his contribution. Best known for a rich body of work in natural law theory and left-libertarian political philosophy, he offers a sidelong perspective on something best discussed in recent years by philosophers of practical reason and moral psychologists . . . Philosophers from either theoretical background will be rewarded by committing to reading this short, engaging, and often stylishly written book."Notre Dame Philosophical Reviews

"A brief but compelling study of the logic and morality of personal commitments, and their importance for a life well-lived. Gary Chartier's clear prose and wide reading make this an important contribution to ethical and meta-ethical theory."Stephen R. L. Clark, University of Liverpool

"'Commitments matter,’ writes Gary Chartier in his new book: ‘they provide needed structure and direction for our lives ... and the grounding we need to craft stable identities and secure our projects.’ In this careful, scholarly, and revealing study Chartier develops a conception of commitments that shows their deep analogy with promises, and makes important headway on some of the puzzles and problems that the notion of a commitment raises for our theory of motivation and practical reason. This book can be recommended to anyone who wants to see how a distinctively non-consequentialist philosophical ethics can be put together on the basis of a deep pluralism about the human goods."Sophie-Grace Chappell, Open University

"In this engaging and original discussion of commitment, Gary Chartier distinguishes commitments from promises, and shows the role commitments play in love, in creating and sustaining an integrated self, in character development, and in well-being. A commitment is a firm resolve to do or be something that binds the agent’s future actions and attitudes; it may involve others, but it is an obligation to oneself, not to others. For example, one can make a commitment to keep a promise to someone. This generates self-regarding reasons, in addition to the obvious other-regarding ones, for keeping the promise. This concern for the self one creates and preserves through one’s commitments is very much in the spirit of a natural law or eudaimonistic ethics, and showing the value of making commitments serves to provide further support for this ethics."Neera Badhwar, University of Oklahoma

--This text refers to the hardcover edition.

About the Author

Gary Chartier is Distinguished Professor of Law and Business Ethics at La Sierra University

--This text refers to the hardcover edition.

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  • File Size: 3089 KB
  • Print Length: 114 pages
  • Page Numbers Source ISBN: 1138301485
  • Simultaneous Device Usage: Up to 4 simultaneous devices, per publisher limits
  • Publisher: Routledge; 1 edition (July 20, 2017)
  • Publication Date: July 20, 2017
  • Sold by: Services LLC
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B0744PDCLN
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