Journal of Ethics and Social Philosophy https://www.jesp.org/index.php/jesp <p>The&nbsp;<em>Journal of Ethics and&nbsp;Social Philosophy</em>&nbsp;is a peer-reviewed online journal in moral, social, political, and legal philosophy. The journal welcomes submissions of articles in any of these and related fields of research. &nbsp;The journal is interested in work in the history of ethics that bears directly on topics of contemporary interest, but does not consider articles of purely historical interest.</p> <p>The <em>Journal of Ethics and&nbsp;Social Philosophy</em> aspires to be the leading venue for the best new work in the fields that it covers, and applies a correspondingly high editorial standard. &nbsp;But it is the view of the associate editors that this standard does not preclude publishing work that is critical in nature, provided that it is constructive, well-argued, current, and of sufficiently general interest.</p> <p>While the&nbsp;<em>Journal of Ethics and&nbsp;Social Philosophy</em>&nbsp;will consider longer articles, in general the journal would prefer articles that do not exceed 15,000 words, and articles of all lengths will be evaluated in terms of what they accomplish in proportion to their length. Articles under 3k words should be submitted as discussion notes, which are reviewed and published separately from main articles. &nbsp;</p> en-US jespmanagingeditor3@gmail.com (Rachel Keith) jespmanagingeditor3@gmail.com (Rachel Keith) Mon, 19 Jul 2021 16:39:44 +0000 OJS 3.2.0.3 http://blogs.law.harvard.edu/tech/rss 60 Meaning in Life and Becoming More Fulfilled https://www.jesp.org/index.php/jesp/article/view/978 <p>Subjectivism about meaning in life remains a viable option, despite its relative unpopularity. Two arguments against it in the literature, the first by Susan Wolf and the second by Aaron Smuts and Antti Kauppinen, fail. <em>Pace </em>Wolf, lives devoted to activities of no objective value need not be pointless, unproductive, and futile, and so not prima facie meaningless; and, <em>pace </em>Smuts and Kauppinen, subjectivism is compatible with people being mistaken about how meaningful their own lives are. This paper elaborates a novel subjectivist view according to which becoming more fulfilled makes a life meaningful for a person. Becoming more fulfilled is a process that has being more fulfilled as its endpoint, and, as with any process, it can come to a halt before it is complete. More substantively, becoming more fulfilled by some x is a matter of aiming to do various activities well, where doing them well at least partly constitutes benefiting x , and requires that one be more fulfilled by x than one presently is. Finally, this paper shows why the becoming more fulfilled view is to be preferred to the standard subjectivist theory, the fulfillment view, and how it produces intuitive results.</p> W. Jared Parmer Copyright (c) 2021 W. Jared Parmer http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-nc-nd/4.0 https://www.jesp.org/index.php/jesp/article/view/978 Mon, 19 Jul 2021 00:00:00 +0000 Friendship as a Non-Relative Virtue https://www.jesp.org/index.php/jesp/article/view/1263 <p>This article takes its bearings from Martha Nussbaum’s “Non-Relative Virtues: An Aristotelian Approach.”&nbsp; There, Nussbaum proposes an analytic framework that is intended to allow those who disagree about the virtues, in particular due to cultural differences, to engage in fruitful dialogue with one another.&nbsp; To explore what such an approach might look like in practice, this article considers the case study of friendship.&nbsp; It critiques Aristotle’s account of that virtue and provides an alternative based on contemporary understandings.&nbsp; By placing these two accounts into conversation, the analysis demonstrates the promise of cross-cultural and cross-historical dialogue about the virtues.</p> Rachel Friedman Copyright (c) 2020 Rachel Friedman http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-nc-nd/4.0 https://www.jesp.org/index.php/jesp/article/view/1263 Mon, 19 Jul 2021 00:00:00 +0000 Does Convergence Liberalism Risk Anarchy? https://www.jesp.org/index.php/jesp/article/view/1072 <p>Public reason liberals argue that coercive social arrangements must be publicly justified in order to be legitimate. According to one model of public reason liberalism, known as convergence liberalism, this means that every moderately idealized member of the public must have sufficient reason, of her own, to accept the arrangement. A corollary of this Principle of Public Justification is that a coercive social arrangement fails to be legitimate so long as even one member of the public fails to have sufficient reason to endorse the arrangement. This high bar for justification has led many critics, most notably David Enoch, to argue that convergence models are incapable of vindicating liberalism. They argue that in a sufficiently diverse society, there will always be <em>someone </em>for whom an arrangement is not justified, and therefore convergence liberalism leads to anarchy – the view that no law or coercive social arrangement is legitimate. Other critics accept that convergence liberalism could vindicate core liberal institutions but nothing more, and thus argue that the view makes libertarians effective “dictators”. In either case, critics hold that this objection is sufficient to reject convergence liberalism, either in favor of alternative public reason views or as a means of rejecting all public reason views.</p> <p>In this paper I argue that convergence liberalism can overcome this <em>anarchy objection</em>. I show that the objection largely rests on misinterpretations of convergence liberalism, and thus clarify aspects of the theory. However, I also show that internal debate over the <em>scope </em>of public justification – what stands in need of justification – must be resolved in favor of a <em>wide scope</em>, encompassing both State-based and non-State-based coercion, in order to overcome the anarchy objection. Therefore, my response to the anarchy objection has implications for how convergence liberalism should be developed going forward.</p> Marcus Schultz-Bergin Copyright (c) 2020 Marcus Schultz-Bergin http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-nc-nd/4.0 https://www.jesp.org/index.php/jesp/article/view/1072 Mon, 19 Jul 2021 00:00:00 +0000 Elusive Reasons and the Motivational Constraint https://www.jesp.org/index.php/jesp/article/view/1210 <p>The Motivational Constraint says that a consideration is a normative reason for an agent to act only if it is logically possible for the agent to act for that reason, or at least to be moved so to act. Because it is entailed by a number of prominent views about normative reasons, its truth or falsehood has important implications. Mark Schroeder (2007) and Julia Markovits (2014) have criticized the Motivational Constraint for its inconsistency with so-called “elusive reasons.” Elusive reasons are normative reasons that an agent cannot act <em>for</em>. Hille Paakkunainen (2017), Neil Sinclair (2016), and Michael Ridge and Sean McKeever (2012) have offered three strategies for reconciling the Motivational Constraint with elusive reasons. In this paper, I argue that these strategies fail in that conciliatory task. Furthermore, I argue for the existence of a <em>type </em>of elusive reason not heretofore discussed in the literature, and show how these strategies also fail to reconcile this type of elusive reason with the Motivational Constraint.</p> Benjamin Cohen Rossi Copyright (c) 2020 Benjamin Cohen Rossi http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-nc-nd/4.0 https://www.jesp.org/index.php/jesp/article/view/1210 Mon, 19 Jul 2021 00:00:00 +0000 Why Extending Actions through Time Can Violate a Moral Right to Privacy https://www.jesp.org/index.php/jesp/article/view/954 <p>Recently, Ingmar Persson and Julian Savulescu argued that an action that does not violate a moral right to privacy cannot violate that right if it is extended over time. Specifically, they argue that a moral right to privacy does not protect against gawking or stalking. In this reply the reverse position is defended. Specifically, it is argued that their arguments fails on according to their own definition of the right to privacy. Furthermore, it is argued and illustrated by examples that this conceptual conclusion holds for many other conceptions of the right to privacy. Moreover, it is argued that Persson and Savluescu fail to recognize the privacy-related harm extended to individuals through gawking or stalking. Lastly, the article ends by sketching how the role of privacy in public and consent relates to the given examples.</p> Björn Lundgren Copyright (c) 2021 Björn Lundgren http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-nc-nd/4.0 https://www.jesp.org/index.php/jesp/article/view/954 Mon, 19 Jul 2021 00:00:00 +0000