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Ethics and Self-Knowledge

Respect for Self-Interpreting Agents


Part of the Library of Ethics and Applied Philosophy book series (LOET, volume 26)

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-xii
  2. Respect for Persons and Interpretive Moral Wrongs

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 9-9
    2. Peter Lucas
      Pages 1-7
    3. Peter Lucas
      Pages 11-37
    4. Peter Lucas
      Pages 39-51
    5. Peter Lucas
      Pages 53-63
    6. Peter Lucas
      Pages 65-82
  3. Sources and Foundations

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 103-103
    2. Peter Lucas
      Pages 105-122
    3. Peter Lucas
      Pages 123-142
    4. Peter Lucas
      Pages 143-165
    5. Peter Lucas
      Pages 167-181
    6. Peter Lucas
      Pages 183-200
  4. Back Matter
    Pages 201-205

About this book


This book explores the theoretical basis of our ethical obligations to others as self-knowing beings - this task being envisaged as an essential supplement to a traditional ethic of respect for persons. Authoritative knowledge of others brings with it certain obligations, which are reflected in (inter alia) the moral and legal safeguards designed to ensure that certain information is ‘put out of play’ for job selection purposes etc. However, the theoretical basis for such obligations has never been fully clarified. This book begins by identifying a distinctive class of ‘interpretive’ moral wrongs (including stereotyping, discrimination and objectification). It then shows how our obligations in respect of these wrongs can be understood, drawing on insights from the tradition of philosophical reflection on recognition. The book will be of interest to anyone concerned with the adequacy of a modern ethic of respect for persons – particularly in applied and professional ethics.


Ethical theory Foucault Hegel Heidegger Ideological stereotyping Information tecnology Objectification Recognition Respect Respect for persons Sartre Self-knowledge

Authors and affiliations

  1. 1.PrestonUnited Kingdom

Bibliographic information

  • Book Title Ethics and Self-Knowledge
  • Book Subtitle Respect for Self-Interpreting Agents
  • Authors Peter Lucas
  • Series Title Library of Ethics and Applied Philosophy
  • Series Abbreviated Title Library Ethics,Philosophy
  • DOI
  • Copyright Information Springer Science+Business Media B.V. 2011
  • Publisher Name Springer, Dordrecht
  • eBook Packages Humanities, Social Sciences and Law Philosophy and Religion (R0)
  • Hardcover ISBN 978-94-007-1559-2
  • Softcover ISBN 978-94-007-3658-0
  • eBook ISBN 978-94-007-1560-8
  • Series ISSN 1387-6678
  • Edition Number 1
  • Number of Pages XII, 208
  • Number of Illustrations 0 b/w illustrations, 0 illustrations in colour
  • Topics Ethics
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