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Ethical Necessities

  • Soran Reader (a1)

In this paper I introduce my work in ethics, inviting others to draw on my approach to address the ethical issues that concern them. I set up the Centre for Ethical Philosophy at Durham University in 2007 to plug a puzzling gap in philosophical work to help us help the world. In 1. I set out ethical philosophy. In 2. I consider some implications, for example, that to do good we must pay much more attention to the beings around us, less to ourselves. In 3. I consider the implications for how we should think about war and peace. In 4. I draw out some implications for good political practice. In 5. I consider objections and conclude.

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1 To give an idea of the range and creativity of these attentions, see for example Allnutt's, GillianThe Galloping Stone (Newcastle: New Writing North, 2010). Allnutt is a poet who in this volume works with victims of torture in profoundly respectful, yet also thoughtful and creative, ways.

2 See Reader, Soran, ‘Abortion, Killing and Maternal Moral Authority’, Hypatia 23 (1), 2008, 132150.

3 See Harding, SandraWhose science? Whose knowledge? (Ithaca, NY: Cornell University Press, 1991) and The feminist standpoint theory reader: Intellectual and political controversies (New York: Routledge, 2004).

4 See for example The Need for Roots: Prelude to a Declaration of Duties Towards Mankind (London: Routledge, 1952)

5 See Herman, Judith, Trauma and recovery: The Aftermath of Violence from Domestic Abuse to Political Terror (New York: Basic Books, 1997)

6 See for example Chambers, Robert, Rural Development: Putting the Last First, (Sussex: Institute of Development Studies, 1983).

7 See Rawls, John, A Theory of Justice, (New York: Belknap, 1971).

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