This means that the debate at issue in the friendship critique ofconsequentialism needs to be carried on in part at the level of adiscussion of the nature of motivation and the connection betweenmoral reasons and motives. Indeed, such a discussion has implicationsfor how we should construe the sort of mutual caring that is centralto friendship. For the sophisticated consequentialist would presumablytry to spell out that mutual caring in terms of friendly dispositions(motives divorced from consequentialist reasons), an attempt whichadvocates of the friendship critique would say involves insufficientattention to the particular person one cares about, insofar as thecaring would not be justified by who she is (motives informed bypersonal reasons).


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