Desert (Philosophy)

Desert (Philosophy)

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Please note that the content of this book primarily consists of articles available from Wikipedia or other free sources online. Desert in philosophy is the condition of being deserving of something, whether good or bad. It is related to justice, revenge, blame, punishment and many topics central to moral philosophy. In the English language, the word "desert" with this meaning tends to be a rather uncommon word colloquially where it is almost exclusively used in the popular phrase one's just deserts (e.g. "Although she was not at first arrested for the crime, she later on received her just deserts."). In ordinary usage, to deserve is to earn or merit a reward; in philosophy, the distinction is drawn in the term desert to include the case that that which one receives as one's just deserts may well be unwelcome, or a reward. For example, if one scratches off a winning lottery ticket, one may be entitled to the money, but one does not necessarily deserve it in the same way one would deserve $5 for mowing a lawn, or a round of applause for performing a solo.show more

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  • Paperback | 72 pages
  • 152 x 229 x 4mm | 118g
  • Cred Press
  • Saarbrucken, Germany
  • English
  • black & white illustrations
  • 6136703912
  • 9786136703916