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The Dallas Examined Life Philosophy Group Monthly Meetup

  • Feb 14, 2013 · 7:00 PM
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TOPIC: Commitment

Wikipedia definition: the state or quality of being dedicated to a cause, activity, etc. It is also known as a pledge or an undertaking. A promise is a commitment by someone to do or not do something. As a noun promise means a declaration assuring that one will or will not do something. As a verb it means to commit oneself by a promise to do or give.

Philosophers have tried to establish rules for promises. Immanuel Kant suggested promises should always be kept, while some consequentialists’ argue that promises should be broken whenever doing so would yield benefits. In How to Make Good Decisions and Be Right All the Time, lain King tried to reconcile these positions, suggesting that promises should be kept 'unless they are worth less to others than a new option is to you,’ and that this requires a relevant, unforeseen and reasonably unforeseeable change in the situation more important than the promise itself arising after the promise is made.

There are many ways to view this word.
However, I’m particularly interested in what I perceive to be an
inability of many folks to commit to one another. It appears to me that couples are having a great number of children out of wedlock and, subsequently fathers are failing to be involved in their children’s lives, even going so far as to fail (without court order) to provide financially for their children.

This raises some questions in my mind:

1.  How do you view this word? Do you see yourself as a committed person?

2.  If you say you’re committed to “X”, what does that mean?

3.  How do you recognize a committed person?

4.  Is the ability to commit to another, a cause or idea, an organization as aspect of one’s character?





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  • Wendel S.

    I am still living in New Mexico, but look forward to attending meetings after I move to Dallas in the not too-distant future. I will be visiting this summer, and hope to attend a meeting then.

    January 23, 2013

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