Sacrifices of self are prudential harms: A reply to Carbonell

Višak, Tatjana

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Document Type: Article
Year of publication: 2015
The title of a journal, publication series: The Journal of Ethics
Volume: 19
Issue number: 2
Page range: 219-229
Place of publication: Dordrecht [u.a.]
Publishing house: Springer Science + Business Media
ISSN: 1382-4554 , 1572-8609
Publication language: English
Institution: School of Humanities > Philosophie II (Gesang 2009-)
Subject: 100 Philosophy
Keywords (English): Vanessa Carbonell , Identity , Moral obligation , Sacrifice , Self- fulfillment , Self-sacrifice , Wellbeing
Abstract: Vanessa Carbonell argues that sacrifices of self, unlike most other sacrifices, cannot be analyzed entirely in terms of wellbeing. For this reason, Car- bonell considers sacrifices of self as posing a problem for the wellbeing theory of sacrifice and for discussions about the demandingness of morality. In this paper I take issue with Carbonell 19s claim that sacrifices of self cannot be captured as prudential harms. First, I explain why Carbonell considers sacrifices of self par- ticularly problematic. In order to determine whether some state of affairs is (or would be) harmful for someone, it is necessary to assume a particular account of welfare. In this paper, I assume the self-fulfillment account of welfare (Haybron 2008). I introduce this theory and show that it can account for the harm of sacrifices of self.

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