An Overview of Social Roles and Their Ethics

Barber, Alex and Cordell, Sean (2023). An Overview of Social Roles and Their Ethics. In: Barber, Alex and Cordell, Sean eds. The Ethics of Social Roles. Oxford Academic, pp. 1–22.



This introductory chapter offers a basic framework for thinking about the topic of social roles and their ethics, and in doing so addresses latent resistance to the very idea that the norms associated with social roles have an ethical claim on us. It suggests a working understanding of what social roles are, a default terminology, a set of key questions, a description of links to neighbouring debates, an overview of the other chapters in the volume, and finally a list of key works on a wrongly neglected topic.

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