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Do you have to keep unreasonable promises?

Do you have to keep unreasonable promises?

Update: 2021-11-24
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Can you break a promise if it was an unreasonable one to make?

In this episode, Jake and Ant go in depth, discussing several philosophical frameworks and what they have to say about promises. Using realistic (and some less realistic) examples of promises, they discuss what various philosophers would have to say about them, as well as giving their own two cents. They discuss duty, trust, and how our actions support or erode institutions we all depend on.

Should you keep a promise to someone who’ll never know if you do? Should you make a promise you know you can’t keep to make someone feel better? What even counts as a promise?


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Do you have to keep unreasonable promises?

Do you have to keep unreasonable promises?

Ant and Jake