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Bachelor of Arts


Philosophy, Politics, and Economics (PPE)

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Paul Hurley

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Realizing justice requires a deeper understanding of the obligations and responsibilities people owe to one another. Current philosophical accounts suggest people function under a system of consent; however, these models overlook the fact that justice can be rooted in two distinct types of obligations: consensual and nonconsensual obligations. Previous understandings of justice rely heavily on consensual obligations, but I argue they fail to sufficiently consider nonconsensual obligation in these accounts. Even then, the discussion behind consensual and nonconsensual obligations is not limited to two options. They branch into subcategories that reveal a complex web of obligations that people engage in on a regular basis. This paper will do a deep dive into Ronald Dworkin’s approach of understanding political responsibilities through nonconsensual obligations and Jean Hampton’s use of the contract theory to evaluate the moral component of any human relationship. Following, we will draw from their accounts to understand the interrelationship of identity and obligation and create a framework for forming and evaluating healthy relationships.

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