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Altruism, Welfare and the Law

  • Charles Foster
  • Jonathan Herring

Part of the SpringerBriefs in Law book series (BRIEFSLAW)

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-ix
  2. Charles Foster, Jonathan Herring
    Pages 1-5
  3. Charles Foster, Jonathan Herring
    Pages 7-31
  4. Charles Foster, Jonathan Herring
    Pages 33-52
  5. Charles Foster, Jonathan Herring
    Pages 53-67
  6. Charles Foster, Jonathan Herring
    Pages 69-80
  7. Back Matter
    Pages 81-82

About this book

Introduction

This book is an assault on the notion that it is empirically accurate and legally and philosophically satisfactory to see humans as atomistic entities. It contends that our welfare is inextricably entangled with that of others, and accordingly law and ethics, in determining our best interests, should recognise the central importance of relationality, the performance of obligations, and (even apparently injurious) altruism.

Keywords

Altruism Best interest Childcare law Dignity Incapacitous patients Medical law Relationality Social law Virtue Welfare

Authors and affiliations

  • Charles Foster
    • 1
  • Jonathan Herring
    • 2
  1. 1.Green Templeton CollegeUniversity of OxfordOxfordUnited Kingdom
  2. 2.Exeter CollegeUniversity of OxfordOxfordUnited Kingdom

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