Philosophical Studies

, Volume 140, Issue 3, pp 385–399 | Cite as

On that peculiar practice of promising

  • Kenneth Shockley


T. M. Scanlon has alleged that the social practice of promising fails to capture the sense in which when I break my promise I have wronged the promisee in particular. I suggest the practice of promising requires the promisee to have a normatively significant status, a status with interpersonal authority with respect to the promisor, and so be at risk of a particular harm made possible by the social practice of promising. This formulation of the social practice account avoids Scanlon’s concern without collapsing into what Elinor Mason has recently referred to as deflationism about promising.


Promising Social practice 


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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Department of PhilosophyUniversity at BuffaloBuffaloUSA

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