Cover

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Title Page, Copyright

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pp. i-iv

Contents

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pp. v-vi

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Preface

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pp. vii-xii

This book is about the ethics of special relationships, or the ethics of partiality. It is about why you should treat someone differently if she is your friend, your spouse, your parent, or your child, or if she shares with you some other kind of special relationship. Special relationships appear to...

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CHAPTER 1: Special Relationships and Special Reasons

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pp. 1-30

Imagine that you are watching television, and your show is interrupted by a news bulletin. There has been a fire, and several people have lost their homes. How would you respond? You might take no notice. You might feel a twinge of...

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CHAPTER 2: My Projects

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pp. 31-44

When you have reason to give special treatment to a person with whom you share a special relationship, the ground of your reason could be in you, or in the relationship, or in the other person. The projects view says that it is in you. To see why...

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CHAPTER 3: Our Relationship

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pp. 45-77

The relationships view is the most popular view about the ethics of partiality in the recent literature. According to the relationships view, special relationships carry ethical significance in their own rights, and this ethical significance explains why...

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CHAPTER 4: Your Value

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pp. 78-112

We have reasons to give special treatment to people with whom we share special relationships. If someone is your friend, for example, then you have reasons to do things for her that you would not do for just anyone, and you may also...

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CHAPTER 5: My Response to Your Value

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pp. 113-156

You have reasons to give special treatment to people with whom you share special relationships. Where do these reasons come from? According to the individuals view (or my version of it) they come from the value of the individuals with whom your...

References

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pp. 157-160

Index

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pp. 161-164