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With the second kind of reciprocity, it would seem to be only fair that if a person has benefited from another’s selfless act of giving, they ought to do something in return, regardless of whether it is expected of them. For example, one of us (Niall Scott) has an informal arrangement with a disabled colleague. I give him a lift to work when he happens to be going in at the same time as I am. We have had a discussion about sharing petrol money, but as I would have been driving in anyway it seems unfair to ask for this.

Some philosophers, however, would not let us off the hook so easily. We could classify commonplace altruism of the helping kind not as a matter of supererogation but as a question of imperfect duties. The latter are duties where we are blameworthy if we fail to fulfil them, but where agents have choice and discretion in where to direct their energies. My neighbour might Kerrypress Ltd – Typeset in XML A Division: chap02 F Sequential 11 JOBNAME: SM − MSEL PAGE: 12 SESS: 11 OUTPUT: Wed Aug 8 12:23:15 2007 SUM: 3F420A65 /production/mcgraw−hill/booksxml/scoseg/chap02 32 Altruism have an aversion to heavy lifting, but if he gives some free time to helping children to read in our local primary school, he has met his imperfect altruistic duty.

Kant assumes that humans are not disposed to living in isolation from others, or even capable of living such a life. No one can satisfy their goals, aspirations and needs in solitude, and hence it would be irrational to adopt universal non-beneficence as a law. This seems fairly uncontentious. We need help and assistance from others and altruism is an important component of this. It is interesting here that Kant in his political writings recognizes a psychological tension in human behaviour, which may be familiar to the reader’s experience: people often desire both solitude and sociability.

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