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John Lachs and Patrick Shade

Print publication date: 2014

Print ISBN-13: 9780823256747

Published to Fordham Scholarship Online: September 2014

DOI: 10.5422/fordham/9780823256747.001.0001

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Leaving Others Alone

Leaving Others Alone

(p.201) Thirteen Leaving Others Alone
Freedom and Limits

Patrick Shade

John Lachs

Fordham University Press

Lachs argues that we should leave others alone, especially those with natures and hence goods different from our own. This means leaving them enough “operational space” to exercise their choices and enjoy their goods. Leaving others alone does not amount to indifference, since its flip side is helping them when they need it and when doing so is consistent with the integrity of their (not our own) needs. Since individuals have different natures and so different satisfactions, Lachs advocates a positive pluralism that both tolerates and encourages diversity, generating a society more conducive to human flourishing.

Keywords:   Individuals, Tolerance, Pluralism, Human flourishing

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