Collins, S. (2018). When does ‘Can’ imply ‘Ought’?. International Journal of Philosophical Studies,26(3), 354-375. United Kingdom: Routledge. Retrieved from https://doi.org/10.1080/09672559.2018.1489643
The Assistance Principle is common currency to a wide range of moral theories. Roughly, this principle states: if you can fulfil important interests, at not too high a cost, then you have a moral duty to do so. I argue that, in determining whether the ‘not too high a cost’ clause of this principle is met, we must consider three distinct costs: ‘agent-relative costs’, ‘recipient-relative costs’ and ‘ideal-relative costs’.
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