Meeting of the Aristotelian Society held at Senate House, University of London, on 23 January 2012 at 4:15 p.m.
VII—Good Samaritans and Good Government
Article first published online: 11 OCT 2012
© 2012 The Aristotelian Society
Proceedings of the Aristotelian Society (Hardback)
Volume 112, Issue 2pt2, pages 161–178, July 2012
How to Cite
Knowles, D. (2012), VII—Good Samaritans and Good Government. Proceedings of the Aristotelian Society (Hardback), 112: 161–178. doi: 10.1111/j.1467-9264.2012.00330.x
- Issue published online: 11 OCT 2012
- Article first published online: 11 OCT 2012
In this paper I review and provide a qualified defence of Samaritanism—Christopher Heath Wellman's novel approach to the old-fashioned problem of political obligation. I outline Wellman's theory, clarifying the details, and defend an amended version against a variety of objections concerning, successively, an alleged conflation of duties of care and beneficence, a difficulty concerning the distinction of perfect and imperfect duties, a problem deriving from the ‘particularity requirement’, and related issues deriving from the international applications of Samaritan values.