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Promising

Author: William Vitek
Publisher: Philadelphia : Temple University Press, 1993.
Edition/Format:   eBook : Document : EnglishView all editions and formats
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In this innovative study, William Vitek presents the act of promising as both a fundamental human experience and an ethically charged paradox in need of explanation and understanding. He evaluates contemporary approaches to promise by such philosophers as John Rawls, John Searle, Henry Sidgwick, Jan Narveson, P.S. Atiyah, H.A. Prichard, W.D. Ross, and Michael Robins. Citing their limited focus on promissory  Read more...
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Vitek, William, 1957-
Promising.
Philadelphia : Temple University Press, 1993
(DLC) 92029439
(OCoLC)26634620
Material Type: Document, Internet resource
Document Type: Internet Resource, Computer File
All Authors / Contributors: William Vitek
ISBN: 9781439904091 143990409X 1282938762 9781282938762 9786612938764 6612938765
OCLC Number: 639014907
Language Note: English.
Description: 1 online resource (x, 270 pages)
Contents: Acknowleedgments; Chapter One: The Paradox of Promise: Some Introductory Remarks; Chapter Two: Approaches to Promise: The Contemporary Landscape; Chapter Three: Laced Up in Formulas: Contemporary Approaches Considered; Chapter Four: Outlines of a Theory of Practice; Chapter Five: Promise as Practice; Postscript; Notes; Bibliography; Index.
Responsibility: William Vitek.

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Citing examples of promises made in everyday life, in extraordinary circumstances, and in literary works, this book grapples with the central paradox of promising: that human beings can intend a  Read more...

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