Relational Obligations

Defending a Non-Voluntarist Argument for Special Responsibilities

  • Thomas Jared Farmer
Keywords: philosophy, responsibility, relationships, obligations


This paper attempts to demonstrate that special responsibilities exist as a necessary and fundamental component of relationships. It seeks to show that, while special responsibilities may be superseded by other relevant concerns, they remain absolute. The paper attempts to demonstrate further that, even in cases of repugnant conclusion, special responsibilities exhibit a residual nature. It argues that such obligations are not always voluntary entered, but nevertheless represent prima facie duties to those parties involved.

How to Cite
Farmer, T. J. (2019). Relational Obligations: Defending a Non-Voluntarist Argument for Special Responsibilities. Stance: An International Undergraduate Philosophy Journal, 3(1), 39-46. Retrieved from